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General Election 2017: Manifesto Digest

2 May 2017

8 June is approaching, and soon the time will come to vote in the General Election. Do you want to know what promises each party had made our industry? Read Equity's digest of the culutral policies put forward in the 2017 manifestos.

  • Continue to increase the National Living Wage to 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020 and then by the rate of median earnings
  • Through the Taylor Review of employment rights "ensure that the interests of employees on traditional contracts, the self-employed and those people working in the ‘gig’ economy are all properly protected."
  • Continue "strong support for the arts, and ensure more of that support is based outside London."
  • Ensure there is a robust system for protection of intellectual property when the UK has left the EU, with strong protections against infringement.
  • A pledge to deliver skills and digital infrastructure that creative companies need and  to build upon the favourable tax arrangements that have helped them, including the creative industries tax credits scheme. 
  • Ensure that employers breaching minimum wage law are brought to justice
  • Reduce the gap between the highest and lowest paid, and increase the minimum wage to reach a living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.
  • Support the creation and maintaining of cultural enterprises through a "tax on superstar performances" to ensure reinvestment in local cultural and creative industries.
  • Support the growth of creative industries, and a green economy "which respects and promotes the role of creatives in society". 
  • £1 billion to launch a new Cultural Capital Fund to support cultural industries.
  • Scrapping quarterly reporting requirements under the Making Tax Digital project for those with a turnover of less than £85,000
  • Action to improve diversity on and off- screen, working with the film industry and public service and commercial broadcasters to find rapid solutions to improve diversity.
  • A pledge to work with trade unions and employers to agree sector-specific advice and guidelines on pay and employment standards that will make the creative sector more accessible to all.
  • A guarantee for a secure future for the BBC, Welsh language broadcaster S4C and to keep Channel 4 in public ownership
  • A minimum wage of £10 per hour for every worker over 18, from 2020, extending the rights of employees to all workers, including shared parental pay and a range of other reforms to workers' rights including the abolition of Tribunal fees and 4 new public holidays.
  • Establish an independent review to consult on how to set a genuine Living Wage across all sectors
  • Strengthen enforcement of employment rights, including by bringing together relevant enforcement agencies and scrapping employment tribunal fees.
  • Modernise employment rights to make them fit for the age of the ‘gig’ economy, looking to build on the forthcoming Taylor Report
  • Protect the independence of the BBC and set up a BBC Licence Fee Commission, maintain Channel 4 in public ownership and protect the funding and editorial independence of Welsh language broadcasters.
  • Protect sports and arts funding via the National Lottery.
  • Maintain current standards of Intellectual Property (IP) protection with continuing cooperation on enforcement of IP generated in the UK and working within the EU to ensure the continuation of territorial licensing of rights.
  • Create creative enterprise zones to grow and regenerate the cultural output of areas across the UK.
  • Examine the available funding and planning rules for live music venues and the grassroots music sector, protecting venues from further closures. 
  • Push to get Wales the power to decide its own media and broadcasting policy
  • Secure funding for S4C
  • Aim to have 1,000 Living Wage accredited employers by Autumn 2017
  • Push for a fairer share of the TV licence fee raised in Scotland being spent in Scotland.
  • SNP MPs will make a strong case for as many functions of the Channel 4 operation as possible to be based in Scotland.
  • Campaign for a UK wide Fair Work Commission – with representation from trade unions, public sector organisations, and businesses – to ensure workers’ rights across the UK are not diminished as a result of Brexit.

You can read about the policies of the Northern Irish parties here:

Sinn Fein

DUP

SDLP

UUP

You may also want to read this article from The Stage, which contains interviews with five parties, in a bid to find out "their plans for the cultural sector, arts subsidy and attitudes to our multimillion-pound industry".

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