NEWS ARCHIVE 2012

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17 December 2012

PLR FUNDING LATEST

Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced that PLR’s funding will be reduced by 1% in 2013-14 and by 2% in 2014-15. PLR’s funding will now be £6.9 million in 2013-14 and £6.8 million in 2014-15.

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11 December 2012

UK PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements will be available to view on 18 January 2013. An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements will be posted second class on 18 January 2013 to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments

Payments will be made between 13 and 22 February 2013. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 8 February 2013 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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10 December 2012

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

The office will close at midday on Friday 21 December, and re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2013. Any online transactions (including login applications) which are submitted after 21 December will not be dealt with until the office re-opens on 2 January.

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7 November 2012

IRISH PLR ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

This year’s Rate Per Loan for the Irish PLR Scheme will be 5.30 cent.

Statements

Irish PLR Statements will be posted second class on 9 November 2012. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn €2 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs.

We regret that Irish PLR statements are not available to view online at this time. If you are due to receive a payment, you will receive a statement detailing your Irish PLR loans and earnings through the post even if you have an online account.

Payments

Irish PLR Payments will be made around 10 December 2012. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 7 December 2012 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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17 October 2012

RESPONSES TO PLR CONSULTATION PUBLISHED TODAY

A summary of the responses to the government’s consultation on the proposed abolition of the PLR body and transfer of PLR functions to another public body is published on the DCMS website today:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/consultations/9444.aspx

No decision on the future management of the PLR scheme has been taken yet by the government. This will follow in due course once the feedback from the consultation has been reviewed and an impact assessment completed.

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3 July 2012

REGISTRATION BACKLOG

We currently have large backlogs of online and paper applications to process. Providing that your application was received by 2 July (midnight on 30 June for online applications), your books will be included in the calculations for the PLR year 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. We are working hard to get through the backlog, but please note that it may take up to 8 weeks before you receive confirmation of registration.

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30 May 2012

30 JUNE REGISTRATION REMINDER FOR UK & IRISH PLR SCHEMES

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on 30 June to be included in the year end calculations. As 30 June falls on a Saturday, when the office is closed, postal applications must be received by no later than 2 July.

You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form. Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to you.

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30 May 2012

SYNCHRONISATION FOR UK & IRISH PLR DEADLINE

To ensure that your books are included in the next Irish PLR payments, please submit your synchronisation request (either online or via paper form) by 31 August.

Regardless of whether you choose to synchronise your details, it is important to remember to register additional titles by 30 June to ensure that your books are included in the deadline for both schemes.

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8 May 2012

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF PLR

In October 2010 the government announced its decision to abolish the present PLR organisation. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is now undertaking a 12-week public consultation on its proposals to transfer responsibility for managing the PLR scheme to another existing public body. The consultation paper (accessible on the DCMS website via the following link) seeks the views of authors and other interested parties on the government’s proposals.

http://www.culture.gov.uk/consultations/9019.aspx

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18 April 2012

UK AND IRISH PLR APPLICATION FORMS

Our new dual application forms allowing registration for both the UK and Irish PLR schemes are now available.  We will continue to accept Irish PLR registration forms, which should now be directed to us.

We are currently making arrangements to allow online registration for both UK and Irish PLR, and further information will be provided in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, you may download a form to apply for either or both schemes.

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2 April 2012

UK AND IRISH PLR

With effect from 1 April 2012, the UK PLR office is providing a registration service in cooperation with the Irish Public Lending Remuneration office.  Authors who want to register for the Irish PLR scheme will be able to do so via the UK PLR office.

We are currently making arrangements for the provision of registration with the Irish PLR scheme, and will shortly be offering dual application forms which will allow authors to register for both schemes, UK PLR only or Irish PLR only.  In the meantime, you may continue to register for UK PLR using our standard forms.   We will also accept Irish PLR registration forms, which should now be directed to us.

The new arrangements will be phased in over the coming weeks, and further information will be provided on our website as it becomes available.

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19 March 2012

FUTURE OF THE PLR OFFICE

The Public Bodies Act became law in December. It gives Ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) the power to abolish the PLR organisation and transfer the management of the PLR Scheme to another public body. DCMS must now finalise its proposals for PLR and consult publicly on the options being considered by Ministers. We expect the consultation to go ahead in the next few weeks and will provide and a link on the PLR website to the consultation document.

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3 February 2012

RELEASED TODAY TOP AUTHORS AND BOOKS IN UK LIBRARIES

Children’s writers ride high in PLR’s most borrowed authors list

Five children’s writers are among the Top 10 most borrowed authors in UK libraries... (click here to read more)

It’s Criminal

Thrillers and crime novels by American writers dominate the top 10 list of the most borrowed titles from UK libraries... (click here to read more)

Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes can be found in the Media Centre area of our website.

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17 January 2012

ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

This year’s Rate Per Loan will be 6.05 pence. This is slightly lower than last year’s figure. Because of the lower Rate the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has undertaken a wide public consultation prior to seeking approval from Parliament for the reduced Rate. Once parliamentary approval has been received payments will be made. Meanwhile, we will be making payment statements available to authors.

Feedback from the public consultation exercise is available on the DCMS website.

The current timetable is as follows (any changes will be communicated if this timetable is affected):

Statements

Online statements will be available to view on 17 January 2012.  An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available.  Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements will be posted second class on 18 January 2012 to those who do not have an online account.   Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more).  This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments

Payments will be made around 16 February 2012. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 8 February 2012 to prevent delay in receiving your payment. Cheques will be posted second class on 16 February 2012.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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