The UK’s creative industries - from film to fashion, and from video games to the performing arts - are integral to local communities throughout the country.
This is in part because of the economic importance of the sector: one in eight UK businesses are part of the creative industries, and together they contributed almost £116 billion in GVA in 2019, growing twice as fast as the rest of the UK economy as a whole in the past decade (DCMS, 2021).
This Comprehensive Spending Review gives the government an opportunity to stimulate growth in a world-leading sector, many parts of which have been severely affected as a result of the pandemic.
In this representation we highlight three different policy areas where recent PEC evidence suggests policy change is needed:
Full links to the research referenced in this representation can be found at the end of this paper.
As with all Spending Review representations the AHRC-funded PEC makes to the government, this briefing should not be read as a “manifesto for the creative industries” covering all areas where support is needed, but rather, specific areas where our evidence strongly points to action that would help grow the sector.
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