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Rushcliffe libraries received second-highest Government Covid grant support in the county, figures show

Libraries across Newark and Sherwood and Rushcliffe received the most support from Government to help recover from the pandemic, figures have revealed.

Inspire, the organisation which manages the services across Nottinghamshire, has confirmed the exact amount each library received in Government grants as part of Covid relief funding.

The money was used to plug holes in the organisation’s budget after lockdowns and restrictions caused a reduction in service and a drop in cash flow.

It comes as the chief executive of the independent charity described the pandemic as a “perfect storm” of extra costs and lost income, with the organisation recording losses of more than £1.6 million.

This was shored up in part thanks to Government intervention, in the form of the retail and leisure grant and restart grant, as well as business rate relief and the furlough scheme.

And figures released by the charity have shown the amount each library received to implement measures such as Covid safety, PPE, screens and deep cleaning.

The cash was secured by applying for grants through district and borough councils, with the authorities responsible for distributing Government relief to various businesses and traders.

Broken down by local authority areas, Newark and Sherwood received the most Government funds which were then distributed to library services.

The district received £192,084 spread across its nine library sites, almost £30,000 greater than Rushcliffe which received the second-highest sum.

Rushcliffe Borough Council distributed a total of £162,165 to libraries in its area, with seven sites sharing the support.

By contrast Mansfield District Council received £106,851 in Government relief to share across the area’s five libraries, the smallest sum of any Nottinghamshire authority.

The six libraries in Ashfield shared £143,966, while Gedling (£143,236), Bassetlaw (£124,761) and Broxtowe (£128,494) made up the remainder of the funding.

In total, libraries and centres across the county shared £1,034,582 in grants, made up of £702,348 from the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, £168,900 in business rates relief and a further £163,342 from the Restart Grant.

The charity was then supported with a further £506,000 from the job retention scheme, helping to reduce the Covid impact to an estimated £95,000.

Speaking on the funding, Peter Gaw, chief executive of Inspire, said the charity moved to review its budget and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

He added the organisation had only drawn “on funding that would meet our financial pressures”, utilising grants to make up lost income, buying hand gel, PPE, screens and extra cleaning.

Below is a breakdown of the funds received by each library, split into local authority areas:

Ashfield

Edgewood Library: £12,920

Hucknall Library: £33,173

Huthwaite Library: £31,249

Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library: £32,828

Skegby and Stanton Hill Library: £13,708

Sutton-in-Ashfield Library: £20,088

Total: £143,966

Bassetlaw

Balmoral Library: £13,051

Bircotes Library: £14,945

Carlton-in-Lindrick Library: £14,078

Langold Library: £13,373

Misterton Library: £13,060

Retford Library: £7,127

Worksop Library (The HUB): £20,133

Worksop Temporary Library: £28,994

Total: £124,761

Broxtowe

Beeston Library: £33,896

Eastwood Library: £33,576

Kimberley Library: £13,979

Stapleford Library: £33,531

Toton Library: £13,512

Total: £128,494

Gedling

Arnold Library: £16,122

Burton Joyce Library: £13,422

Calverton Library: £14,075

Carlton Hill Library: £28,409

Carlton Library: £16,464

Gedling Library: £13,774

Mapperley Library: £13,767

Ravenshead Library: £13,768

Woodthorpe Library: £13,435

Total: £143,236

Mansfield

Forest Town Library: £12,864

Ladybrook Library: £13,627

Mansfield Central Library: £32,240

Mansfield Woodhouse Library: £33,144

Warsop Library: £14,976

Total: £106,851

Newark and Sherwood

Balderton Library: £14,973

Bilsthorpe Library: £14,821

Blidworth Library: £32,628

Clipstone Library: £14,494

Collingham Library: £14,596

Edwinstowe Library: £14,820

Newark Library: £35,576

Ollerton Library: £33,752

Southwell Library: £16,424

Total: £192,084

Rushcliffe

Bingham Public Library: £33,432

Cotgrave Library: £35,352

East Leake Branch Library: £15,793

Keyworth Library: £32,665

Radcliffe on Trent Library: £15,012

Ruddington Public Library: £14,935

West Bridgford Library: £14,976

Total: £162,165