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Teachers tell of fears over UK library budget cuts

By Alison Kershaw

Books are becoming a luxury that many families cannot afford, teachers have heard, as they raised concerns about funding cuts on libraries.

In a debate at the National Education Union (NUT section) annual conference in Brighton, delegates raised concerns about a "shocking hammering" of library services in the last decade.

One also suggested that young children are now picking up books and "swiping left".

Jennifer Bhambri-Lyte, a delegate from Somerset, told the conference that there are "many people out there in our society who are quite literally drowning" and that for them, "the library is a pair of armbands".

She said many parents told her their library had been "a sanity-saver".

A Government spokesman said: "We want all children to have the opportunity to read widely."

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