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Suffolk libraries already among worst financed in England

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.




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  1. In 1851 Suffolk libraries and eduction lagged behind: they still do | Suffolk Wordblog says

    […] was ranked close to the bottom of the table for library spending by English counties in 2010 (latest available figures)  and GCSE results ranked the county as 121st out of 152 education authorities according to a […]

  2. Kevin Algar says

    As someone who has lived in Cambridgeshire, If Cambridgeshire spend more money then they are not very cost effective because Suffolk’s library service is much better.