Grant Shapps, the MP for Welwyn Hatfield, has welcomed the Conservative Government’s investment for the Hertfordshire Library Services.

Hertfordshire Library Services will benefit from a £260,000 boost awarded through the Libraries Improvement Fund as part of the Cultural Investment Fund. The £20.5 million Libraries Improvement Fund will transform library services in England to upgrade their builds and improve digital infrastructure.

This announcement follows a big boost for the cultural sector from the Conservative Government in the Spring Budget with an extension of tax reliefs for theatres, orchestras, and museum and gallery exhibitions for a further two years.

Commenting on this funding, Mr Shapps said:

“I welcome this announcement and I know people across Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire will enjoy the new and improved facilities developed as a result of this funding. I am thrilled that the importance of libraries to local communities is being recognised and I look forward to seeing the difference this investment will make to libraries across my constituency.”

After the announcement of this new funding, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said:

“This investment will help to level up access to arts and culture for everyone, no matter where they live. This funding will support brilliant arts organisations to upgrade their venues and create new projects that will be at the heart of their communities.”