Church of Scotland publishing house Saint Andrew Press, possibly best known as publisher of William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible series and several of Bishop Nick Baines’ books, is under threat of closure as the Church of Scotland seeks to address a major budget deficit of £1.2 million, according to a report posted on Tuesday this week by Ian Swanson in the Edinburgh Evening News:
A ROW has broken out over plans by the Church of Scotland to shut down its publishing arm as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
The Saint Andrew Press, which publishes general as well as religious books, is under threat from the Kirk’s mission and discipleship council, which is trying to address a £1.2 million budget deficit.
But the move, part of a cuts package involving ten job losses, is being opposed both inside and outside the church. The former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway said it looked like the Kirk was “pulling up the drawbridge”.
- Full report: Book thrown at the Kirk over plan to shut publishing house
- Update, The Herald, 26/05/2010: Former PM Brown’s brother quits over axing of church publishers