Ian Lucas

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The Government must move to allay culture jobs concerns

Concerns over jobs in the creative, tourism and digital sectors need answers from the Government, a new report has found.

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I’m a member of the Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which released the report today into the impact that leaving the EU will have on a range of sectors. It notes that changes to three areas - the workforce, funding and the regulatory environment. – will affect the tourism, creative and digital sectors. In a wide-ranging look at the changes, the Committee notes that the lack of information from the Government about what is planned when the UK leaves the European Union is causing a great deal of uncertainty – and calls for the Government to set out its plans.
There are a lot of jobs in these industries and the people who provide those jobs need certainty from the Government.

We heard about the impact of changes to the status of EU nationals on industries such as tourism – including evidence which showed how the tourism industry in towns like Llandudno relies on workers who are EU nationals.

We also heard how the creative sector’s current work is helped by EU funding – funding which will, of course, end when we leave the EU.

As well as the workforce changes and the changes to funding, we heard how regulatory changes in sectors such as broadcasting could have a very real impact on British jobs.

In each of these sectors, there has been a distinct lack of certainty from the Government. Our committee has called on Ministers to set out their plans – and to do so as a matter of urgency. North Wales has a growing creative sector. In Wrexham, our local education institutions such as Coleg Cambria and Wrexham Glyndwr University have recognised the importance of equipping students with the skills to compete in the creative industries.

What is needed from the Government is clarity about what their plans will mean for those industries – and that clarity is needed now. Jobs are relying on it.

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