Public Libraries

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether spending on public libraries has fallen for a fifth successive year in 2017–18.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The latest data on the total net current expenditure on library services by local authorities across England is shown in the table:

Library Service Net Current Expenditure, England 2012-13 to 2017-18

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Net current expenditure (£m)

824

804

762

733

671

641

Number of authorities' data from which the total is calculated *

150

150

151

152

150

151

Source: Local authorities' Revenue Outturn returns to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

* 152 local authorities in England are responsible for delivering library services. Five did not provide a valid figure in one or more of these years.

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