Today Labour launched its manifesto for culture: A Creative Future For All. The UK has a rich cultural heritage that has helped to shape our national identity. Our thriving creative industries define how we are perceived overseas and make a vital contribution to our economy.
A Creative Future For All has built on the work of the National Policy Forum in this area. This year the Environment, Energy and Culture Policy Commission consulted on widening access to and delivering support for culture and the arts. Many members and other key stakeholders contributed through Labour Policy Forum and participated in meetings held to discuss this issue. Key themes coming through from the consultation reflected in A Creative Future For All include making support available for those from all backgrounds to access the arts and protecting Britain’s cultural industries during the Brexit negotiations.
A Labour government will invest in Britain’s creative future by:
- Building Britain’s cultural capital by introducing a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund. This will provide a unique opportunity to upgrade and regenerate existing arts infrastructure and to build new facilities for all of us to be proud of.
- Increasing access to culture and the arts so that people from all backgrounds have an equal chance to pursue their interests and benefit from creative and cultural institutions.
- Putting creativity at the heart of the curriculum by introducing a £160 million arts pupil premium to every primary school in England.
- Revamp the Ebacc to stop the marginalisation of creative subjects and a creative careers campaign in secondary schools to demonstrate the range of careers and opportunities available, and the skills required, in the creative industries, from the tech sector to theatre production.
- Placing our creative industries at the heart of our industrial strategy and our negotiations as we prepare to leave the European Union.
Read A Creative Future For All here.