Here’s my round-up of the new measures I spotted announced today in the Autumn Statement, of relevance to the creative industries…

* A full student loan will be available for a Masters postgraduate degree, and across all subjects and disciplines from 2016-17. It seems there will be no payback until you’re earning a set amount each month. So many artists / actors / freelancing creatives etc may never have to pay back the loan, since we often earn less than the payback threshold.

* The Tax Credits tax break is to be extended from regional touring Theatre to Orchestras. Consultations to be held “early next year” on exactly how it should work. My guess is that it will probably only be available for regional touring of UK orchestras.

* Consultations on extending the High-end TV Drama tax breaks: if the qualifying spend was reduced from 25% to 10%, would small creative subcontractors in the UK pick up more TV production work (on things like costumes/props/special effects)?

* Manchester is to get a new-build £78m “ultra-flexible arts space” named The Factory, open by 2019.

* From April 2015 there will be a new Tax Credits tax break for Children’s TV (live-action productions), which will join the existing tax breaks for Animation production.

* National Insurance contributions will no longer be payable by businesses employing apprentices under age 25.

* The British Business Bank will be able to offer more loans to those rejected for loans by traditional lenders.

* £400m more funding for the Enterprise Capital Fund (venture capital which invest in smaller firms).

* £500m more for business lending schemes in 2015-2016, to try to force the banks to make traditional bank loans to business. This is now to be targetted “exclusively on smaller firms”, and extended out to January 2016.

* The tax system is to be changed to support peer-to-peer lending (Kickstarter etc) for business startups. An investor will be able to write off a bad peer-to-peer loan, via their income tax return.

* An increase to 230% for the research-and-development Tax Credits for small and medium sized businesses.

* A new £45m scheme to help smaller businesses to export. No details yet on when or how. I’d expect India to be some kind of priority area for exports, when the details are announced. Russia, not so much.

* Small business rate relief (business rates payable on retail shops etc) is to be extended. A bigger discount on business rates next year: £1,500 discount for retailers in retail properties valued at less than £50,000.