Britain’s creative industries are the envy of the world, a source of national pride, a driver of inward investment and tourism and a symbol of the kind of country we are now and aspire to be in the future.
The creative industries are a real success story for the Welsh economy. Thanks to the support of the Welsh Labour Government, the number of people working in the sector in Wales has increased by more than 50 per cent in the past 10 years and the number of enterprises active in the sector has
increased by more than 20 per cent. We have put in place a number of mechanisms, including a dedicated business development team and a creative industries sector panel, to strengthen the sector in Wales.
Pinewood Studio Wales – Wales’ first fully-fledged film studio – opened in 2016 and we now have a range of global ‘big hitters’ coming to Wales. Our indigenous businesses are also thriving, with Wales-based companies, crews and supply chains producing series such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Da Vinci’s Demons and Stella.
The Welsh Labour Government is committed to setting up a separate body to support the growth of the creative industries in Wales. We will sustain £40 million a year in production expenditure, and create at least 100 new companies in the next five years and 4,000 more jobs in the next decade. As Britain leaves the EU we will put our world-class creative sector at the heart of our negotiations. We need to do more to open the arts and creative industries to everyone.
A UK Labour Government will introduce a £1 billion UK cultural capital fund to upgrade existing cultural and creative infrastructure to be ready for the digital age and to invest in creative clusters across the country. The fund will be available over a five-year period and will be among the biggest arts infrastructure funds ever, transforming the country’s cultural landscape. Labour will maintain free entry to museums and invest in our museums and heritage sector. The Welsh Labour Government will take forward the work it has started to enable our heritage and cultural institutions to maximise the economic benefits they bring to Welsh people.
We will continue to mark the ongoing centenary of the First World War and the sacrifice of all those who died. Labour remains committed to honouring the role of all who have served our country, including the Sikh, Hindu and Muslim soldiers who fought for Britain.
The Welsh Labour Government will develop the
work it has begun through the Creative Learning. Through the Arts programme to enable children and young people to have the opportunity to engage in arts and cultural activities.
Being a performer is a great career but too often the culture of low or no pay means it is hard for those without well-off families to support them. We will work with the Welsh Government, trade unions and employers to agree sector specific advice and guidelines on pay and employment standards that will make the sector more accessible to all. We will improve diversity on and off screen, working with the film industry and public service and commercial broadcasters to find rapid solutions to improve diversity.
We recognise the serious concern about the ‘value gap’ between producers of creative content and the digital services that profit from its use, and will work with all sides to review the way creators and artists are rewarded for their work in the digital age.
We all need to work harder to keep children safe online. Labour will ensure that tech companies are obliged to take measures that further protect children and tackle online abuse. We will ensure that young people understand and are able to easily remove content they shared on the internet before they were 18.
The Welsh Labour Government is working towards one million people speaking Welsh and will continue to invest in encouraging more people to use and speak Welsh in their everyday lives.