Following the announcement that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport plans to reduce Public Lending Right (PLR) funding, John Malam of NibWeb, initiated a 10 Downing Street e-petition to protest at the cuts.
The figures are as follows:
2007/08 (current funding) = £7,682,000
2008/09 = £7,432,000
2009/10 = £7,582,000
2010/11 = £7,682,000
A reduction in PLR funding will adversely affect the earnings of thousands of UK authors and illustrators. Many are self-employed, and in an industry as unpredictable as publishing, the annual PLR payment is a highly valued and reliable contribution to earnings. The Government is urged to retain the current funding level (2007/08) for PLR for each of the next three years. There should be no reduction in funding.
Public Lending Right is the right for authors, illustrators, photographers, translators and editors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. More than 23,000 people are entitled to receive payment under this scheme, and for many the annual PLR payment is an important part of their income.
PLR is particularly valuable to those people who receive little or no royalty on book sales — their books are more often borrowed from libraries than bought in shops.
Today the petition has 2,939 signatures, which is at no.60 in the league table of most signed petitions, out of a total of almost 8,000. The closing date to sign is 11 February 2009.
Please spare a minute to sign the petition. Click the following link (or paste it into your browser window) and add your name. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/plr-funding/