PD James, President of the Society of Authors, wrote to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, in early September, informing him about the petition against the proposed cuts in the PLR allowance and giving reasons why PLR ought to be maintained at its present level or thereabouts in the forthcoming spending review.
A copy of the response that PD James has received from Jeremy Hunt is posted below:
ear Baroness James
Thank you for your letter of 8 September about the Public Lending Right (PLR) enclosing a statement to which a number of authors have added their names.
I fully recognize the tremendous cultural, artistic and economic impact of writers in the UK and the Department understands the importance of the PLR to writers in this country.
As you know the Department must contribute to Government savings in order to address the financial deficit, and the wider cultural sector has a role towards this difficult end. Wherever possible we will find savings through administrative efficiencies, which is the best way to minimise the direct impact upon practitioners such as writers who deliver culture on the frontline.
However, Government will not be able to make announcements about the Department's funding for the PLR until the outcome of the spending review is announced in the autumn.
With best wishes
THE PETITION CAN STILL BE SIGNED HERE