Labour Publishes Creative Industries Review
Today the Labour Party published its Creative Industries Review chaired by John Woodward, with advisors drawn from creative industries - including Harvey Elliott, CEO of Marmalade Technologies.
The report mirrors many of the themes of Ukie’s Manifesto and calls for changes in government departments and agencies to support the creative economy. The stand-out proposals for video games are the extra 5% tax break for creative industries in clusters outside of London and a reform of UK Trade and Investment with the BFI given responsibility for inward investment in all the screen sectors, including games. Reflecting a push from Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman there will be diversity targets for the boards of public bodies in the creative industries around gender, race and guidelines on disability.
The report calls for a freeze on ‘substantive’ IP changes over the next Parliament and statutory fallbacks if voluntary initiatives on site-blocking do not work. There are also proposals for greater powers and oversight for government agencies to protect personal data and to promote competition.