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Ed Miliband slams Booktrust funding cut

23rd December 2010

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has criticised the government's decision to scrap funding for three of Booktrust's book-gifting initiatives.

The Department for Education recently told the reading charity that the funding for its Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up schemes will cease from April 1st next year.

Commenting on the decision, Mr Miliband said it shows the government 'knows the price of everything and the value of nothing'.

'The abolition of Bookstart will deprive children of an early opportunity to discover the joy of reading,' he continued.

Mr Miliband added that the initiative is one of the last Labour administration's programmes that he is most proud of, saying it was the previous government's 'gift' to the next generation.

The Guardian also stepped up to praise the work of Booktrust, using an editorial to point out that Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up distributed around six million free titles last year.

In addition, the newspaper said the charity's use of a small sum of public money to raise larger funds from the private sector seems to fit into the
government's Big Society ethos - making the cuts 'perplexing'.
 

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