Charging for library computers has been total failure


The Conservatives' decision to charge people for using library computers has been a complete failure.

Computer use is down 55% in Cambridgeshire's libraries and the charging scheme has raised £4000 against a prediction of £50,000.

The Liberal Democrats and thousands of residents had opposed the charges, saying it would both put people off using the computers and fail to raise money.

"When the Conservatives proposed bringing in charges for using the computers at libraries we were worried about the reduction of information to people who don't have computers at home," said Councillor Amanda Taylor.

"We also thought that people would simply stop using the computers, just as they stopped parking at the Park & Ride sites when charges were levied there.

"This is exactly what has happened: usage has slumped and the money raised won't even cover the cost of collecting it.

"Don't the Tories ever learn?"


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