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Spending Review Briefing | Libraries Connected Webinars | 2021



The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his autumn budget and Spending Review on 27 October. The Government stated that it “will provide billions of pounds to deliver the priorities of the British people by investing in stronger public services, levelling up opportunity, driving business growth and helping working families with the cost of living.”

Spending Review announcements are always eagerly awaited by all across the public sector, but often take some analysis and decoding to work out what they will actually mean in terms of funding and priorities.

This webinar explored what funding and opportunities the Spending Review presents for public libraries. It looked at the wider context of the outlook for local government that provides 90% of library funding, indicate what specific funding there may be for libraries. It also explored some less obvious opportunities.

We were joined by:

Ian Leete, Senior Adviser – Culture, Tourism and Sport, Local Government Association
Setting the context: what does it mean for local government?

James Hempsall OBE, National Programme Director Childcare Works
How the Holiday Activity and Food programme will be supported by an extra £200m, and what this means for libraries.

Liz Hodgman, Lead Early Years Peer Review, LGA
£200m is being provided to fund Family Hubs. What will this mean for libraries?

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