Published: 10th Dec 2018

Local authorities have cut the amount of money they spend on public libraries by £30m in the last year, according to a new survey. The survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), found total spending on libraries has fallen by 12% in Britain over the last four years. Total spending fell by £30m in 2017/18, with the service losing 712 full-time employees (FTEs). CIPFA’s survey also showed 51,394 volunteers putting in 1,780,843 hours in 2017/18, as libraries come to rely on the passion of members of their community to keep the service alive. Visitor numbers continued to decline with a 10m drop in visitors to 233m visitors, however the top three libraries all receive well in excess of 1m visitors a year. There were 182,895,334 books issued to 7,991,752 active borrowers in Britain in 2017/18. ‘Libraries have faced significant cuts under austerity, with councils forced to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)