A case of what the right hand gives, the left takes away

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In Portsmouth City Council’s excellent Flagship magazine, the council says it wants to make Portsmouth ‘a reading city’.

It reveals that ‘more than half the people in the city over 16 cannot read to GCSE C-grade standard.’

Full praise to the council for keeping all nine libraries open – while the Isle of Wight is closing nine of its 11 libraries, and Hampshire County Council is cutting its mobile libraries from 19 to just six.

However, what the right hand gives, the left takes away. Five of Portsmouth’s librarians are being sacked, library hours and school book allowances are being cut, plus school budgets are being slashed.