Shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman has called a debate on the future of the arts and creative industries in the House of Commons.
It will be held on Wednesday (19th June), and will constitute the first major debate on the topic to be held in the Commons for the past five years.
The debate follows an Early Day Motion, which has already been signed by 57 MPs from both sides of the House, calling for the Government to recognise the importance to the arts to individuals, communities, and the economy.
Harman said: “The arts are central to the lives of individuals and communities across the country, to their sense of identity and sense of place and to their ability to achieve their human potential. And they are crucial to the national and to local economies. Our creative industries are world leaders, creating jobs, attracting tourism and bringing money to all parts.”
She added: “The successes we now celebrate in the arts are the result of many years of public support, through funding and public policy. But this Government is threatening the future of our arts and creative industries through slashing the Arts Council, crushing the ability of local government to support culture locally and side-lining creative education.”
Labour is developing a six point plan for growth in the arts, involving championing the protection of IP, developing young talent, exploring new funding methods, and pushing for equal access.
According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the creative industries are worth more that £36m a year to the economy, and employ 1.5m people around the country.