Suffolk which is planning to cut spending on libraries by 30% already has one of the worst funded services in England, figures from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy reveal.
In 2009-10 the county spend of £12.90 for each person in Suffolk was the fifth lowest among shire counties. This is £2.50 below the average.
Counties in the top quarter of the table spend nearly 50% more on their libraries than those in the bottom quarter.
The figures were provided by Guenever Pachent, the service director for culture at Suffolk County Council, in response to an information request from a library campaigner.
If the proposed cuts are made it will look as if Suffolk’s county councillors are determined to drive their library service right to the bottom of the table. I trust that is something none of them would care to boast about.