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Games tax relief 'constantly under review' - UK Secretary of State

Developer trade body Tiga welcomes comments made by Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, has said tax relief for the UK games development sector is "constantly under review".

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The comment was made in response to questioning on the matter by the Conservative MP for Folkestone & Hythe, Damian Collins, and came just a week after the government said games tax relief didn't have a place in its Budget.

Richard Wilson, CEO of developer trade body Tiga, welcomed Jeremy Hunt's pronouncement on Games Tax Relief.

"Whilst, we were delighted that the government made changes to the R&D tax credits which we campaigned for in last week's Budget, the introduction of TIGA's Games Tax Relief is the one measure which would really power the UK video games sector forward," he said.

"The UK games industry is competing on a very uneven playing field. Many of our overseas competitors benefit from tax breaks for games production. The UK does not. The Canadian games industry grew by 33 percent in terms of headcount between 2008 and 2010. The UK games industry declined by 9 percent.

"TIGA will continue to strengthen the case for Games Tax Relief and clearly focus this tax relief," Wilson added. "We will also continue to campaign for this measure - one that has cross party support in the House of Commons and which is supported by the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Labour Party."

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