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BECTU warns of Brexit impact on high end productions

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9 October 2018

BECTU highlights importance of free movement of people following report on economic benefits of tax relief for productions

The BFI has launched a landmark report on the economic contribution made by production of UK high-end TV, film, children's programming,video games and VFX. 

The report found that tax relief provided for each of these areas generated an economic contribution to the UK economy of £7.9 billion in 2016, the most recent figures available.

In high-end TV the growth in gross value added to the economy has increased by 149% between 2013 and 2016.

BECTU warns of Brexit impact 

Responding to the report head of BECTU Gerry Morrissey said:

“Today’s report shows what we already know, that the UK production is growing which is positive for the industry and the workforce. However, beneath these statistics is another story of the international nature of the productions that are accessing the tax relief being granted. Many of the productions are being driven by US producers rather than local UK producers.

“The increase in high end productions being made in the UK has resulted in a shortage of highly-skilled crew meaning that the industry is reliant on EU workers being able to come to the country to work on these programmes with little or no restriction.

“These statistics underline the importance of continued US production in the UK industry post-Brexit, in spite of the likely impediments like difficulty moving crew and equipment around the EU.

“That is why BECTU is campaigning for continued reciprocal free movement for EU 27 and UK nationals and a future immigration system that works for members, their families and their industries.”

Read more about the report here: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/new-report-shows-uk-tax-reliefs-help-fuel-boom-uk-screen

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