OXFORDSHIRE County Council will today debate whether library cuts should be linked to reductions being made to social care.

Last month, council leader Keith Mitchell labelled library campaigners “well-heeled worthies” in a letter to The Guardian newspaper. He criticised them for failing to understand that reducing cuts to libraries would mean more cuts for social care.

North Hinksey and Wytham councillor Janet Godden has tabled a motion at a meeting today for the two to stop being associated.

At the council’s budget in February, it was announced £37m would be saved by cutting social care and £2m by closing libraries.

The Lib Dem councillor will say: “The council is unconvinced by arguments that the comparatively small saving required in the libraries budget can only be met by further cuts to adult social care.

“Council asks Cabinet to stop associating savings in libraries budgets with further cuts to adult social care”

The meeting begins at County Hall, New Road, at 10am.