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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19720: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what additional funding it will be providing to local authorities as a consequence of the Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools strategy.

Answered by: John Swinney 9 November 2018

Decisions on the level of local authority funding settlement for 2019-20 are subject to negotiation with COSLA and the results will be confirmed as part of the Budget next month.

The Scottish Government is already providing £1 million over three years through the School Library Improvement Fund. The fund supports implementation of the national strategy for school libraries and opened again for applications on 5 November. More information can be found on the Scottish Library and Information Council's website at https://scottishlibraries.org/funding/school-library-improvement-fund/ .

The Scottish Government will be considering any further funding requirements for implementation of the strategy in the coming months, informed by the work of the School Library Strategy Implementation Group.