School libraries hit by PTA fundraising shortages

School libraries are being hit due to PTA fundraising shortages caused by the pandemic.

Charity Parentkind fears a “double-whammy” as overall PTA fundraising has been reduced due to Covid-19 restrictions, while less of the money that is being brought in is going to school libraries directly.

In 2019, the 13,000 or so PTA members of Parentkind raised around £121m for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with much of this money channeled directly to the front-line.

However, last year it warned that PTAs were predicting a 35 per cent loss in income in 2020 due to Covid, which would leave a “black hole” of as much as £42m.

And new research shows that 35 per cent of Parentkind members raised money for their school library directly in 2020 – down from 39 per cent in 2019.

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