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Libraries - Funding fall

Bookshelf, Stoke Newington Library, London. Photo Cory Doctorow (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Public finance body Cipfa has reported that funding for Britain’s libraries fell by £30 million in 2017/18, with a loss of 712 full-time staff, while 51,394 volunteers put in nearly 1.8 million hours to help keep services running.

Shadow libraries minister Kevin Brennan said: “Despite Theresa May’s claim that austerity is over, library funding and staff levels continue to fall and libraries are closing across the country.”