Call for evidence on support for the creative economy

10 October 2012

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee launches a new inquiry into support for the creative economy.


The Committee is inviting written submissions and requesting views on the following issues:
  • How best to develop the legacy from the Olympics and Paralympics of the display of UK talent in the creative industries in both Opening and Closing ceremonies and more generally in the design of the Games;
  • Barriers to growth in the creative industries—such as difficulties in accessing private finance—and the ways in which Government policy should address them. Whether lack of co-ordination between government departments inhibits this sector;
  • The impact on the creative industries of the independent Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, and the Government’s Response to it. The impact of the failure, as yet, to implement the Digital Economy Act, which was intended to strengthen copyright enforcement. The impact of proposals to change copyright law without recourse to primary legislation (under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill currently before Parliament);
  • The extent to which taxation supports the growth of the creative economy, including whether it would be desirable to extend the tax reliefs targeted at certain sectors in the 2012 Budget;
  • Ways to establish a strong skills base to support the creative economy, including the role of further and higher education in this;
  • The importance of "clusters" and "hubs" in facilitating innovation and growth in the creative sector. Whether there is too much focus on hubs at the expense of encouraging a greater geographical spread of companies through effective universal communication; and
  • The work of the Creative Industries Council and other public bodies responsible for supporting the sector.

The Committee wishes to focus on particular sectors as examples of the creative industries, especially the film, music, television, design and games sectors.

How to submit evidence

A copy of the submission, in Word format, should be sent to:

and have "Support for the Creative Economy" in the subject line.

Submissions should be received no later than Friday 2 November 2012.

See below for guidance on submitting written evidence to the Committee:

Further information

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