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Dolly's aid is shelved.

Byline: Karen Rockett

A FREE books for UK kids scheme set up by singer Dolly Parton is being axed by a council because of cuts.

Doncaster is accused of "letting children down" by ending the project, where under-fives are sent a free book each month.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was set up in Britain in 2007.

But Labour-run Doncaster has told 12,000 families, some on a waiting list, that the scheme will end there in September.

It said it was a "difficult decision" after trying to find alternative funding.

A petition is urging the council to change its mind.

Diane Hudson, who signed it, said: "This scheme helps reading growth and aids parents who can barely afford to feed their kids, never mind buy books."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
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Date:Jul 7, 2019
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