TIGA Urges UK Government to Reconsider DCMS Elimination

UK video game industry trade group TIGA is advising the UK government against any plans to abolish the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The recommendation to abolish the DCMS as part of a tax cut package was part of a recent report from the Institute of Economic Affairs.

TIGA CEO Richard Wilson says that the elimination of the department would save very little money.

The DCMS is responsible for a broad range of policies related to the broadcasting, tourism and the creative industries in the United Kingdom. Without a representative department, Wilson believes that the UK games industry would be only one of a number of business sectors that would suffer.

"Abolition of the DCMS would entail costs," said Wilson. "Tacit knowledge would be lost in any reorganization, thereby impairing government performance. There would also be financial costs because organizational changes of this nature typically incur expenses," he said in a statement.

"The creative industries, including video games, are important for the future economic success of the UK. They need a focused department and a voice in government," he added.

Source: GamesIndustry International

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