Ukie published a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, laying out a series of recommendations for the Autumn Statement Budget reforecast, due to be delivered on 23 November this year. There are seven recommended measures in total, which center around the games sector’s access to public funding, skills and talent development, and trade and investment.
Although the Autumn Statement will come at a time of continued political uncertainty following the result of July's Referendum, Ukie have highlighted to the Chancellor the opportunities presented by a post-Referendum world where, given the necessary support from government, the UK can continue to be a global leader in making games and interactive entertainment.
The letter continues to examine the short, medium, and long term needs of the games sector, which Ukie is calling on the Chancellor to consider in order to build a future-proof, resilient, creative digital economy for all. This includes a call for the continuation of the Video Games Tax Relief, investment into the STEAM agenda, and further support for both the UK Games Fund and the Skills Investment Fund.
The measures that Ukie have asked Phillip Hammond to include in the Autumn Statement are:
- Create business certainty with a pledge to continue the Video Games Tax Relief scheme
- Further support for the successful UK Games Fund to support innovation by small games companies
- The games industry should be given access to the same industrial and cultural funds – including National Lottery money – that other creative sectors receive
Skills and Talent Development
- Develop a long-term, funded, vision for games talent that includes investment in computing and ‘STEAM’ education, e.g. Ukie's hugely successful Digital Schoolhouse programme and quality higher-level apprenticeships
- Extension of the crucial Skills Investment Fund to support the up-skilling of the games workforce
Trade and Investment
- Supporting a worldwide plan of international trade and investment activity for the games industry
- Encouraging LEPs and local authorities to integrate games and the wider digital creative sector into their plans, working with industry to deliver targeted support required in existing clusters
You can read the letter that Ukie have sent to the Chancellor in full below.
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