Labour candidates try to woo creative contractors
With the Labour leadership contest hotting up and speculation rife about the potential for the candidates to appeal to different sections of the populace, the four candidates have been discussing their offerings with Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union. Given that the Labour party has always been keen to work closely with the Unions, and that they have also recognised that they will need to appeal to the independent workforce in order to provide a viable opposition in future elections, their plans for the future could make the difference between success and failure in the years to come.
Andy Burnham has pledged to protect the BBC as one of the UK’s major players when it comes to providing work for creatives. He is also keen to ensure that technical education is given as much credibility as university when it comes to education options for school leavers, including the extension of student financing to apprenticeships. Mr Burnham also plans to take on the problem of unpaid internships for performers and those behind the scenes in the Arts.
Yvette Cooper plans to ensure that creative industries such as theatre, film, TV and radio are provided with the support that they need to be successful, as well as promoting and protecting investment in the fields of the arts on both a national and local level. She has promised to ensure that the system of tax breaks that is in place for film and TV production companies continues to function, to invest in skills and to reform the BBC.
Jeremy Corbyn is eager to defend a BBC that remains independent and is properly funded, as well as supporting public service broadcasting. Mr Corbyn also wants to provide affordable housing for creatives who are based in the capital by regulating private sector rental rates and building more council houses.
Liz Kendall also wants to protect the BBC and creative industries, improve the quality of cultural education and continue to work with Europe in order to regulate art, film and creative products in order to protect creators’ rights. She also wants to ensure that behind the scenes creatives are protected in the future, including sound and lighting engineers, camera operators and other technical professionals.
For independent professionals who are eligible to vote, the leadership election could prove an interesting one in terms of what the candidates have promised.
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