Nearly 800 public libraries closed since austerity launched in 2010

According to The Independent, nearly 800 public libraries closed since the Conservative government launched austerity in 2010, new data reveals.

Currently, there are 3,583 libraries open in the UK – 35 fewer than last year and 773 fewer than in 2010, a survey from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) has found.

National spending on libraries topped £1bn in 2009-10 before austerity began, but then dropped to less than £750m in 2018-19, the annual survey shows.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: “Each cut has a major impact on a community, whether it’s a pensioner feeling isolated in their home because they can’t get a bus or people being unable to borrow books or use the internet in local libraries.

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