Comprehensive Spending Review 2020: Summary of priorities

October 12, 2020

Following COVID-19, the creative industries will be integral to the UK’s social and economic regeneration. They drive job creation and economic growth in all parts of the country, including some of our most left behind communities. Prior to the pandemic, the UK’s creative industries were growing at five times the rate of the economy as a whole, contributing £111.7bn in GVA, and creating jobs at three times the UK average. This growth has benefited people and places throughout the UK: between 2010 and 2017, Scotland experienced a GVA increase of 60% and the West Midlands, 35%. Jobs in the sector grew by 21% in Northern Ireland between 2016 and 2019 and by 30% in the North East in the same period.

Our Spending Review Representation was shaped in close consultation with Federation members, trade and representative bodies and unions from across the UK’s creative industries and the Creative Industries Council. A full copy is available on request.

Download our two-page summary here.

This is a rare opportunity to achieve significant investment in our world-leading sector and we need your help. We will circulate key messages and infographics to share across your networks in the coming weeks, but as an immediate point of action:

  • Write to your MP to ensure they’re away of our sector’s role and what we’re calling for - a template letter can be downloaded here.

  • Share our sector’s priorities with anyone you speak to across industry, government and parliament - a condensed briefing note can be downloaded here and our full Spending Review Representation can be shared on request.

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