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Save PLR Funding – Sign the Petition

In the autumn, the Society’s Chair, Tracy Chevalier, wrote to the Secretary of the State, James Purnell, urging him to ensure that Public Lending Right was given priority in the Spending Review.  She received a reply after Christmas from the Minister, Margaret Hodge, saying: ‘I am pleased to tell you that we have secured what I believe is a positive outcome for PLR in a tough spending round‘.  Those optimistic sentiments were not matched by the facts.

The funding of PLR is planned to be as follows:

2007/08    £7,682,000

2008/09    £7,432,000

2009/10    £7 582,000

2010/11    £7,682,000


While most organisations funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport are to receive inflationary increases in their budgets, the allocation to PLR is to fall next year and will only return to its existing funding in three years time.  Far from being pleasing, the proposed figures are extremely disappointing.  Income from PLR is vital to authors and the scheme is widely regarded as being efficiently run. It is astonishing that DCMS should snub Britain’s authors so emphatically.

Tracy Chevalier has written to Margaret Hodge, pressing her to reconsider the PLR allocations. The Society’s discontent featured in The Times on 1st February and a letter signed by many well-known authors was published in The Guardian on 2nd February. Tracy Chevalier was interviewed on Radio 4’s PM programme the same day.

Member, John Malam has initiated a 10 Downing Street e-petition to protest at the cuts. Please spare a minute to sign the petition. Click the following link (or paste it into your browser window) and add your name.


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