Monday, 1 October 2012

Could a Walnut Whip save Barnet's Libraries

Back in 2005, when we won the right to host the 2012 Olympics, London residents were asked to pay a small levy of 38p a week or as Ken Livingstone called it, "the price of a Walnut Whip". In Barnet that amounts to £ 2 million a year and will continue for another three years. No one seems to have noticed this small sum and no one seems to have complained.  However after 2015 that levy will cease.  In Barnet we are facing cuts to our libraries and leisure services. That £2 million a year would neatly offset almost all the proposed cuts to those services. Perhaps we should look at how to bridge the gap for the next three years and then use that modest levy we are already paying to help sustain our libraries and leisure services.

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