Ivan Lewis MP, Labour's Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary , Tory-led Government is making back to front policy for the film industry. They have bulldozed through changes to our film infrastructure with no consultation and have now launched a film review to look at developing a strategy to deal with the fall out.
Ivan Lewis said:
“This is not the first time the Tory-led Government have got their policy making back to front. We are delighted that there is going to be a much needed review but consultation with the industry should have taken place before the Government decided to abolish the UK Film Council and announce the formation of Creative England.
“Film is a classic example of how this Conservative-led Government operates. Cut first, with no consultation or due process, and then launch a review as an afterthought. Jeremy Hunt is still unable to tell us how much the abolition of the UK Film Council and transfer of responsibilities has saved or cost the taxpayer.
“The Government has bulldozed through changes to our film infrastructure. If we want more British success stories like The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire we need stability and a clear strategy, not confusion and uncertainty. It is symbolic of the way Jeremy Hunt has treated the creative industries. There is no strategy or direction for a sector which should be a key driver of jobs and growth.”