NEWS ARCHIVE 2011
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FUTURE OF THE PLR OFFICE
The Public Bodies Act, which gives government Ministers the power to abolish the PLR organisation and transfer the management of the PLR Scheme to another public body, became law yesterday. Under the Act the next step in the process is for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to undertake a public consultation on the future management of PLR. We understand that this is likely to get under way early in the New Year. As soon as we have confirmation of this we will provide further information on the PLR website and a link to the consultation document on the DCMS website.
Meanwhile it remains business as usual at the PLR office as we finalise preparations for the next payment distribution to authors in February 2012.
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
The office will close at midday on Friday 23 December, and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2012. Any online transactions (including login applications) which are submitted after 23 December will not be dealt with until the office re-opens on 3 January.
RATE PER LOAN FEB 2012 CONSULTATION
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is consulting on the Rate Per Loan on which the PLR payments to authors in February next year will be based. Current funding constraints mean that the Rate proposed to DCMS by the Registrar - 6.05 pence per loan - would be less than last year's rate of 6.25 pence. Further information can be found on the DCMS website.
LATEST ON THE FUTURE OF THE PLR OFFICE
The government announced last year that the PLR office was to be abolished and responsibility for management of the PLR Scheme transferred to another public body. The Public Bodies Bill, which will effect the transfer of responsibility, is now nearing the end of its passage through Parliament and is expected to become law in November. It is important to emphasise that PLR, the legal right of authors to receive a payment for the lending out of their books by public libraries, will continue. What remains to be decided is which public body will take over responsibility for PLR from the PLR office. This will be decided by Ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following public consultation which is likely to begin later this year and to run into the New Year. Meanwhile it remains business as usual at the PLR office as we finalise preparations for the next payment distribution to authors in February 2012.
IRISH PLR - CLOSING DATE
The final date for receipt of PLR registration forms for the Irish PLR year 2011 is Friday 2 September at 5.00pm. Further information is available on the Irish PLR website.
Please note that applications must be sent directly to the Irish PLR office.
30 JUNE REMINDER
Books must be registered by 30 June 2011 in order to be credited with loans recorded since 1 July 2010. You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form. Alternatively we can post forms on request.
Online applications must be submitted by midnight on 30 June to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than 30 June.
LATEST ON FUTURE OF PLR OFFICE
The government announced last year that the PLR office was to be abolished and responsibility for management of the PLR Scheme transferred to another public body. The transfer of responsibility would be achieved through legislation (the Public Bodies Bill) which was introduced into the House of Lords in October 2010. PLR, the legal right of authors to receive a payment for the lending out of their books by public libraries, would continue and funding for the next four years was provided for by the government's Comprehensive Spending Review settlement.
As we write no final decision has yet been taken by the government on the body that will be given responsibility for PLR. The Public Bodies Bill has just completed its passage through the House of Lords and must now pass through the House of Commons prior to becoming law. Meanwhile it remains business as usual at the PLR office as we approach the end of the PLR year on 30 June when all book registrations must be received to qualify for payment in February 2012.
PLR REVEALS THE MOST BORROWED AUTHORS AND BOOKS
The loans data collected by PLR comes from libraries across the UK and provides a unique insight into the nation's book borrowing tastes and this year reveals that UK children's writers dominate PLR's most borrowed authors list.
The Media Centre provides more details of the most popular authors and books in UK libraries across a range of subject categories during 2009-10 and over the last decade.
ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND PAYMENTS
This year’s Rate Per Loan will be 6.25 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):
Online statements will be available to view on 18 January 2011. 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 2011 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 will be made during the week commencing 14 February 2011. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 9 February 2011 to prevent delay in receiving your payment. Cheques will be posted second class on 14 February 2011.
Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.
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