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Little Ilford teacher Bobby Seagull delivers libraries funding petition to 10 Downing Street

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:26 03 March 2020

Little Ilford school teacher Bobby Seagull delivers the petition to 10 Downing Street on Thursday, February 27. Picture: CILIP/Iain Geddes

Little Ilford school teacher Bobby Seagull delivers the petition to 10 Downing Street on Thursday, February 27. Picture: CILIP/Iain Geddes

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A Little Ilford school teacher has delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street calling for an end to a decade of library cuts.

Lord Graham Tope, who was was chairman of a libraries group in parliament, Bobby Seagull and Nick Poole, chief executive of CILIP. Picture: CILIPLord Graham Tope, who was was chairman of a libraries group in parliament, Bobby Seagull and Nick Poole, chief executive of CILIP. Picture: CILIP

Bobby Seagull teamed up with library association CILIP to demand the next budget includes a pledge to return libraries funding to levels seen before government cuts came into force 10 years ago.

Mr Seagull said: "Libraries are such a vital part of communities. I'm shocked by the funding cuts they've seen in the last 10 years.

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"It's time for the government to step-up and guarantee them secure funding so they can continue their amazing work."

Lord Graham Tope, who was was chairman of a libraries group in parliament, Bobby Seagull and Nick Poole, chief executive of CILIP. Picture: CILIPLord Graham Tope, who was was chairman of a libraries group in parliament, Bobby Seagull and Nick Poole, chief executive of CILIP. Picture: CILIP

A joint report from CILIP and Big Issue shows libraries revenue funding has been slashed by £243million per year in real terms since 2010. The petition has so far been signed by 7,000 people.

Nick Poole, chief executive of CILIP, said: "We desperately need to see revenue funding through local authorities restored to its pre-2010 level."

The petition remains open until March 11. Visit librariesdeliver.uk/austerity

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