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Policy and Parliament

Policy and Parliament

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The Publishers Association works to ensure the value of publishing and the contribution it makes to the UK economy and the wider society is understood by politicians, civil servants and political opinion formers.  We do this using a variety of tools from briefing relevant ministers, officials and MPs and responding to consultation papers to holding events and receptions and working with other partners and organisations in the creative industries.  

We are currently focused on the promotion of eight measures which are not only important to ensuring the continued success of the UK publishing industry but will also help the government achieve its aims across a range of areas. We hope that all MPs, future Ministers and advisers and civil servants will give them careful consideration.

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1. Support intellectual property by ensuring a stable legal framework for copyright.  

2. Create fair markets for consumer choice by removing anomalies in the VAT system and         addressing imbalances in the retail market. 

3. Build Britain’s digital skills base through incentivising creative firms to develop the next         generation of digital workers. 

4. Ensure a library in every school by making school library provision statutory.  

5. Support the development of quality, world‑class teaching and learning materials for               schools.  

6. Boost reading for pleasure and work with industry and charities to get more people               reading and drive up children’s literacy levels. 

7. Ensure the UK remains the world leader in developing open access policy.  

8. Ensure public libraries for all by providing a truly comprehensive and efficient library           service in every community.   

To read the recommendations in full please click the manifesto cover.