Magazine article Screen International

UK Regions Need More Support, Labour Report

Magazine article Screen International

UK Regions Need More Support, Labour Report

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A Labour policy paper has called for greater support for the creative industries in the UK regions and more diversity targets.

The paper, titled Leading the Field: A Review of the Creative Industries, praised the growing strength of the UK creative industries but also set out a host of recommendations for improvement.


The report, compiled by former UK Film Council chief executive John Woodward, argued that the lack of creative industries growth in the UK's regions should be a "priority" for Whitehall, which should devolve more decision-making and funding away from London.

"The welcome emergence of London as possibly the leading creative industry hub in the world has disguised the lack of equivalent growth outside London, and this situation should be addressed by Government as a priority, not least through the devolution of decision making and funding away from Whitehall and into the English regions".

The 88-page report recommended that the DCMS lead an audit with ACE to determine how the balance of arts funding is allocated between London and the rest of England and "implement changes required to rebalance" funding.


The report praised recent movements by the Government and different groups (including the UK broadcasters) to improve diversity within the creative industries but also pointed out that the lack of diversity remains strikingly apparent.

The report called on public institutions to take a lead in driving change.

"The composition of the senior management and boards, in both public and private organisations across the creative industries, seem remarkably homogenous. …

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