Budget leaves schools struggling to buy books, warn librarians

Budget leaves schools struggling to buy books, warn librarians

School librarians have reacted with dismay to the Budget news that schools are to receive a one-off payment of £400m, telling The Bookseller that schools will continue to struggle to buy books for their pupils.

Earlier this week Chancellor Philip Hammond said schools would receive £400m for “little extras” in this autumn’s budget and Barbara Band, currently chair of the School Library Association (SLA) Central & East Berkshire branch and former CILIP president, said his comment was condescending.

“Schools don’t want a ‘bonus’ – they need guaranteed regular funding. Things like books and s...

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