Library fines will rise but not for children

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LIBRARY fines are set to rise in Portsmouth as part of the council’s annual review.

Cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport at the city council Cllr Lee Hunt agreed to the rise at his decision meeting last week.

Fines for the late returns of books will rise by 1p, from 16p to 17p per day, up to maximum of £8.50. The late return of CDs will go up to 30p per day from 25p and DVDs will go up to 60p per day from 50p.

Cllr Hunt said: ‘If we are to continue the council’s progress with the libraries, bearing in mind lots of other councils are closing libraries and we are investing in them, we must tread carefully and make sure there is nothing that stops us doing the things we want to do.’

Cllr Hunt agreed to the increases to come in from April 1 and said children under 16 will stay fine-free for the late return of books.