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Cambridge won’t wash dirty linen

Students at a Cambridge college have been told that their bed linen will be washed less often as part of a cost-cutting drive.

In an effort to stem “substantial” losses, St John’s is introducing a 30-point programme of cuts. The college, Cambridge’s second wealthiest, is also attempting to make ends meet by increasing library fines for overdue books and introducing higher charges for telephones in rooms.

The measures have caused consternation at the college, which was founded in 1511 and boasts alumni ranging from William Wordsworth to Rob Andrew, the former England rugby player.

The 120 Fellows have been particularly hard hit by the proposed cuts: their book grants have been suspended and travel and research funding will be cut.

A letter to students says that the college is facing “very substantial deficits”. In all, the college council hopes to save about £500,000 with its rescue plan.

Sheets in college rooms are changed every week but the college refused to say what this would be reduced to.

There is one piece of good news for students, however: the efforts to increase revenues mean that the opening hours of the Weekend Bar are to be increased.

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