Labour begins review into creative industries

A plan hatched last year by Labour on how to enhance the creative industries is to be fleshed out in the shape of a review by film, TV, music, gaming, publishing and digital bosses.

To be focussed on how Britain can get more out of the creative and digital economies, the review will be led by John Woodward, the former head of the UK Film Council.

It will look at the challenges and opportunities for policymakers and businesses alike, with a view to giving a Labour-led government a “clear agenda” for growing the creative industries.

Mr Woodward said his secondary focus would be on providing the industry’s practitioners – and consumers - with protections, safeguards and quality content fit for the digital age.

This focus is in line with comments from Labour leader Ed Miliband, who believes new technologies can improve quality of life for Britons, while boosting jobs and wealth.

In particular, Mr Miliband has said he wants to “position the UK to take advantage of emerging internet-based innovations,” as long as the gains from this are “equitably shared.”

Welcoming the review, Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman said she sought the “best conditions” for the creative industries, which have grown faster than the rest of the economy.

The implication that the current conditions are not optimum reflects her belief that the coalition government has not served the creative industries well since coming to power.

Ms Harman will be working with Mr Woodward and his team of creative industry bosses over the coming months on the review, which will lead to policy recommendations in 2015.


13th February 2014

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