The Government has recently issued a consultation on the future of Public Lending Right. Most of the options cited would result in PLR being absorbed into another body.
One of the options being discussed is closing down the PLR base in Stockton-on-Tees and transferring its work to The British Library, affectively abolishing the PLR as a separate body. Critics say such a move could damage the efficient work of the PLR.
We would encourage all writers to send their comments to DCMS so that they form part of the consultation. A petition has also been set up to support the PLR remaining in it's current structure.
The petition states: “The Public Lending Right (PLR) organisation is a very small and efficient body that collates and coordinates the payments to authors that accrue from library loans of their books. As part of its move to rid the nation of quangos, the government plans to abolish the PLR - this, despite the fact that the PLR operates well within its budget and does a dedicated job that other bodies would find difficult to do so efficiently.”
To find out more and sign the petition, click here.
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