Department of Culture Media and Sport(DCMS): Stop the removal of craft as a category
what doesn't get counted, doesn't count
This petition has been created by Applied Arts Scotland; 'by makers for makers' and whilst the proposed changes are a devolved issue, we feel strongly that the removal of the term Crafts will have a detrimental effect on the sector as a whole as individual businesses will be put in categories outside of government data on creative industries and therefore the voice of 23,000 craft businesses will no longer be heard; we will be feeding back the results of this petition to the Crafts Council as part of a co-ordinated feedback by the sector.
For more information please see: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/about-us/press-room/view/2013/dcms-classification-review?from=%2Fabout-us%2Fpress-room%2F
- Crafts Council
- Department of Culture Media and Sport(DCMS)
to Ed Vaizey
(Minister for Culture)
I strongly disagree with the statement released by the DCMS that "We recognise that high-end craft occupations contain a creative element, but the view is that in the main, these roles are more concerned with the manufacturing process, rather than the creative process" and consider the creative part to be an integral and fundamental part of running my business.
But more importantly, I am genuinely worried that is Crafts are removed from the data stream; ‘that what does not get counted does not count’.
The Crafts Council’s research 'Craft in an Age of Change' estimates that the majority of the 23,000 craft businesses, of which 88% are sole-traders, will be under the VAT threshold and thus invisible in the methodology the DCMS propose to use to count the creative industries.
I hereby want my voice to be heard and counted and my business to be recognised as a Craft business and not 'other' and as a contributor to the diverse and thriving creative sector.
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