Creative Industries Federation responds to launch of Liberal Democrat and Labour manifestos

November 22, 2019

Caroline Julian, Director of Policy and Programmes:

“We are pleased that both the Labour and the Liberal Democrats’ manifestos clearly acknowledge the crucial role of the creative industries in the UK’s cultural life, social transformation and economic success.

In line with our own Creative Industries Manifesto, both manifestos include a welcome focus on working with sectors like ours to spread opportunities to all people and communities across the UK, respond to the climate emergency and ensure sustainable growth across the economy. 

Commitments to support small businesses, self-employed workers and creators through increased investment and lending, improved business support and by ensuring fair and timely pay are crucial. To maximise impact, any future government must work closely with our sector to ensure this support is tailored to the distinctive needs of creative businesses and freelancers. 

We welcome the important commitments from both parties to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience arts and culture and undertake creative subjects. However, despite their proposals for an Arts Pupil Premium in primary schools, Labour fall short of committing to put creative subjects at the heart of the secondary curriculum. 

The Labour manifesto also lacks detail on the shape of the UK’s future immigration system. Global creative talent remains crucial to the growth, success and diversity of the UK’s creative industries, and we will be calling on the new government to introduce urgent reforms in line with our campaigning on this issue to date.” 

The Creative Industries Federation will be sharing a more detailed analysis of the General Election manifestos, and what they mean for the creative industries, with members early next week.

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