“Close libraries and you’ll be forced to build more prisons”

“The problem with austerity is that it’s too expensive. Before we allow another library to close, we must ask: Is this a saving?”

Big Issue founder Lord Bird has warned that the government must be ready to build more prisons and homeless shelters if the libraries continue to close at the current rate.

Lord Bird was speaking during a House of Lords debate on the the damage of illiteracy across Britain and the crisis facing public libraries and independent bookshops.

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