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MSPs call for tax breaks to provide graduate gaming jobs

Published: Friday, 20 March 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

More graduate jobs could be created in the gaming sector if calls for a tax break for the industry by Scottish members of parliament (MSPs) are appeased.

A trade association for the gaming industry, Tiga, has said that a tax break could give the UK a fighting chance in competition with gaming industries in other countries which have already received such measures.

Canada, Australia, China, France and the US will be too strong for the UK if calls for a tax break are not met.

Richard Wilson, of Tiga, said: "Industry research indicates that if a 20 per cent production tax credit was introduced, investment would increase by £220 million over five years, generating a further 1,600 graduate jobs over the same period."

Dundee West MSP Joe Fitzpatrick has agreed with this statement and has challenged chancellor Alistair Darling.

Council leader in Barnsley Stephen Houghton has already called for local authorities to do more to provide graduate jobs by providing more apprenticeships and "taster schemes" for those who have just left university.

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