Jim McGovern joins parliamentary group’s call for more support for computer games industry
19 March 2012
Today Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, joined fellow MPs on the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group for the Computer Games Industry in writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the budget to call for more support for the computer games industry.
The cross party group of MPs are calling on the Chancellor to back games industry association TIGA’s report A New Games Tax Relief: An Incentive to Build a Sustainable Games Development Sector.
This report draws attention to the benefits that tax incentives would have for the UK computer games industry, and calls on the Chancellor to use the forthcoming budget to give the UK industry the same opportunities afforded to the industry in other countries.
Jim McGovern is the Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Computer and Video Games Industry.
Jim McGovern said,
“The computer games industry is a vitally important sector for Dundee and for the UK.
"Its importance is recognised by MPs of all parties in parliament, as our letter to the Chancellor reflects.”“TIGA have produced an excellent report into why we need to see tax incentives so the industry can better compete with the likes of France, the United States and Canada. "The UK industry could be a world leader if they were offered the right support from government.
"Operating within the UK as one of the world’s largest economies, with a competitive tax and support regime, is the only sensible way forward.”
“The government urgently need a strategy to get the economy going, and offering incentives and support to industries like computer games developers would be an excellent place to start.”
Mr McGovern concluded,
“The All Party Group hopes that the Chancellor listens to this call, which is the latest of many that I and my colleagues have made.
"As the government dithers the industry, the economy and cities like Dundee suffer.
"We need to see an end to government inaction and the creation of a comprehensive growth strategy when the Chancellor announces the budget on Wednesday.”