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    GameHorizonVaiseyEd Vaizey, the Shadow Minister for the Culture and Creative Industries Sector, gave the clearest indication yet that the tax breaks requested by the UK games sector were unlikely in the early years of a new Conservative administration because of other demands on the public purse. Speaking yesterday at the “Best of British” event organised by Game Horizon during London Games Week, he called the games sector “one of the great, unsung success stories of British industry”and attacked the government for allowing poor messaging in the Change for Life programme. He said that the industry needed a voice at the top table and suggested that the remit of the Film Council be extended to cover video games. Likewise there may be a need for Regional Screen Agencies to be allowed to do more. In an upbeat talk that went down well with the games audience, Ed Vaizey gave a number of tips for a public affairs strategy for the sector to improve its influence in the House of Commons. However, in response to a direct question from Gareth Edmundson, MD of Ubisoft Reflections and Chair of the day’s event, it became clear that new tax breaks were indeed unlikely.  It was possible that existing schemes like tax credits for the UK Film industry could be widened but this was unlikely to be permitted by the Treasury at least in the early years of a new government.

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