Lib Dem manifesto 2017: creative industry pledges

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their manifesto -- 'Change Britain's future' -- for the June 8th general election, pledging a range of actions to support the UK’s “young…creative” people, including:

A second EU referendum

This proposal could seem unrelated to Britain’s creative industries. But the disappointment and concern that the industries’ bosses and trade bodies have expressed at the country’s ‘leave’ decision indicates that they might welcome a second EU referendum.

The Lib Dems say that once the terms of the divorce from the EU have been negotiated, the resulting agreement will be put to the British people in a ballot. Crucially, that ballot would contain the option of staying in the European Union.

Protecting support for the creative industries

Explicitly pledged on page 11 of their manifesto, this promise by the Lib Dems to uphold the existing framework backing the creative industries is best evidenced by the party’s new pledge to “continuing to support the Creative Industries Council, and tailored industry-specific tax support.”

A small business-friendly creative package

In a nod to their recently released paper outlining ways to bolster the creative industry, the Lib Dems say they will be “supporting modern and flexible patent, copyright and licensing rules.” The party also promises to address the “barriers to finance” faced by small creative businesses.

Removing other barriers to creativity

Access to finance is not the only obstacle that a Tim Farron-led government says it would try to overcome for creative traders. It would also “act” to remove barriers to pupils studying creative subjects at school. Protecting the availability of creative subjects -- including the arts -- is pledged too.

Setting up creative hubs

As the Creative Industries Federation has asked for, the Lib Dems say they would create creative enterprise zones across the UK. The zones would be designed “to grow and regenerate the cultural output” of certain areas of the country.


18th May 2017

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