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MP presses Government on digital skills funding.
Questioning the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Jim McGovern MP raised the importance of the games industry to Dundee and the issue of skills funding for the industry.
In questions to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Jim McGovern MP asked the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey whether he was seeking to extend the Skills Investment Fund run by the charity, Creative Skillset which along with the Government is to invest a total of £32m in film, high-end TV, animation, games and VFX over two years.
Skills for the games industry are particularly important for Dundee which is an internationally renowned centre for game development with the games industry forming an integral part of the local economy, and Mr McGovern has repeatedly pressed the Government for tax reliefs for the computer games industry which were eventually unveiled at the 2012 Budget to help reduce development costs and allow UK games studios to compete on a more level playing field with overseas studios.
Speaking on the matter, Jim McGovern MP for Dundee West said:
“Dundee is the birthplace of Scotland’s game industry as many world leading titles started their life in Dundee, and the Digital Economy Minister praised it as a leader in the industry.
“However despite many jobs in the creative industry relying on being digitally skilled, there are 15 million people in the UK who lack basic digital skills. Consequently, 30% of companies in the games industry have a skills gap in their workforce. 31% of companies also have vacancies and 53% of these vacancies are proving hard to fill.
“The Skills Investment Fund has done excellent work in combatting the lack of digital skills and educating the UK’s digital workforce, but much more needs to be done to ensure that Dundee and the UK maintain their strong positions in the games industry. I therefore welcome the Minister’s comments on seeking to extend the Fund and I will be pressing him and his department closely to ensure he does so.”
Jim McGovern joins Dundee HMRC staff to celebrate jobs victory
Dundee West MP, Jim McGovern, today (Monday 15th September) offered his congratulations to members of the Public & Commercial Services Union who, standing together, have successfully campaigned to secure jobs for 40 members of staff in HMRC's Dundee Contact centre.
Speaking outside the Building, Mr McGovern said;
"This is a victory once again for the solidarity of PCS Members and Dundee people as a whole. That this was achieved without the need for the PCS to take industrial action is a victory for common sense on both sides, and I join with PCS now in calling for similar solutions for all staff threatened with redundancy around Scotland and the wider UK."