Thu, 28/03/2013 - 07:30
Biographer Michael Holroyd has described the government's compromise over the future of the Public Lending Right body as "both a relief and an irritation". He also labelled its treatment of Registrar Jim Parker as "ungenerous".
Meanwhile Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association, expressed...
Wed, 27/03/2013 - 11:51
The Public Lending Right (PLR) is to be run by the British Library, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced.
The day-to-day running of the scheme is to stay with the existing PLR operation in Stockton-on-Tees, with staff becoming employees of the British Library from 1st October when the changeover takes place...
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 09:00
The growing use of libraries by children and young readers has once again been emphasised by library data, with figures put out by the Public Lending Right (PLR) showing that children's books are being borrowed from libraries in greater numbers.
However, once again James Patterson has emerged as the most borrowed author. His ...
Thu, 18/10/2012 - 09:30
A huge majority of respondents to the government’s consultation on the future of Public Lending Right (PLR) do not want to see its functions passed to another body.
Just over a thousand individuals and organisations sent in responses to the consultation, with 948 saying they did not think the administration of lending rights,...
Tue, 24/07/2012 - 15:04
The Publishers Association has argued that there is no need to transfer the administration of the Public Lending Right (PLR) away from the Registrar of Public Lending Right, as the consultation over its future nears its end.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport...
Tue, 29/03/2011 - 08:30
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has welcomed a group of MPs' call for it to administer the Public Lending Right (PLR), amid uncertainty about its future.
In a report issued by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the MPs said it was "disturbing" the government did not reveal the plans to...
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 09:42
Cutting government support for writers was never going to make a major contribution towards balancing the nation's books. With Public Lending Right being allocated £7.45m per year by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and with a few grants from the Arts Council being thrown in, the total sum saved would barely have been...
Thu, 21/10/2010 - 12:58
The PLR budget is to be reduced by 7% over the next four years as part of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review. The cuts, which see the fund reduced from £7.45m in the 2010/11 fiscal year to £6.956m by 2013/14, are much less steep than those facing the Department for Culture Media and Sport whose budget is to fall by...
Thu, 14/10/2010 - 06:50
The Booksellers Association, Public Lending Right and library support body Voices for the Library have all now signed up to the industry-wide statement in support of the public library service due to be sent to local authority leaders.
The organisations have joined the Society of Authors, the Royal Society for Literature and Campaign for...
Thu, 09/09/2010 - 07:48
Authors including Philip Pullman, Joanna Trollope, Sarah Waters and Jacqueline Wilson have signed a petition urging the government to maintain the current level of funding for Public Lending Right (PLR) in the upcoming spending review. President of the SoA P D James has now written to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt drawing attention to the...