Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here Are Ways to Finance Services; Views of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Here Are Ways to Finance Services; Views of the North

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WE should welcome the climbdown by city council leader Nick Forbes on the arts funding issue (The Journal, February 12), although it has to be humiliating to be told what to do by your national party leadership.

It would have been better to have acknowledged the huge opposition across the city and the region, and responded much earlier, instead of slugging it out in the media with the same negative message for nearly three months. Anyway, let's see what they come up with before they get their standing ovation for pulling rabbits out of hats.

And let's see how (or if) they listen to the public campaigns to stop the closures of 10 libraries, respite care centres, the play and youth provision, and the City Pool, and to support the leisure centres and pools that are under threat. However, if we need to find money to save these services, then how about reducing the days (or hours) of the other libraries to help keep the smaller libraries open? …

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