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WELSH LIBRARIES WILL SUFFER FROM UNITARY STATUS

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Libraries is Wales could face a similar fate to their English counterparts when unitary authorities come into opera...
Libraries is Wales could face a similar fate to their English counterparts when unitary authorities come into operation next year, reports the Western Mail (p2).

Welsh librarians fear that when unitary authorities come in, libraries will be linked with leisure or education departments, and lose out in the financial stakes, reports the paper.

'The worry is that the library service may become a junior partner in a larger department', said the Carmarthen area chief librarian.

A survey by the Federation of Local Authority Chief Librarians published yesterday, revealed that public libraries needed to spend at least £611m over the next five years.
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