Vaizey giving out wrong figures on library closures

From the The Bookseller: “The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has written an open letter condemning Ed Vaizey’s use of “flawed” figures for closures and new openings of public libraries in the House of Commons.”

“Figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) indicate that there were 3,043 libraries in England in 2009-10 and 2,865 in 2014-15, a net reduction of 178. This compares to a net reduction of 33 claimed by Ed Vaizey.”

“CILIP’s My Library By Right campaign has sought to hold the government to account for its legal obligations including overseeing and improving public libraries in England under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act.”

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