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Here you can find all our latest press releases, opinion pieces, and news so you can keep up with what we're doing and not miss out on important things happening in the UK games industry.
Our analysis of Labour's new frontbench team
After Jeremy Corbyn's sweeping victory on Saturday in Labour's leadership election, he has started to appoint his Shadow Cabinet. Mr Corbyn won the Leadership with 59.5% of the votes in the first round, while Tom Watson, a vocal supporter of the games industry, became the Deputy Leader with 50.7% of the vote on the third round.
Here are the new names they have appointed to other senior posts affecting the games industry:
Games in Scotland: your views to Parliament
We have submitted evidence to an inquiry by the Scottish Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament. The Committee are examining the Creative Industries in Scotland, and asked for views on what more should be done to strengthen the sector.
Games studios need smart immigration rules.
Add your voice to the #saveskilledmigration campaign
As government statistics show a rise in net migration to the UK, Ukie warns that the games industry and the tech sector as a whole could be prevented from growing and bidding for new projects as a consequence of stricter new rules hindering firms recruiting foreign talent to meet business needs.
Parliament may be in recess but there are plenty of policy consultations that we’re responding to that will have an impact on UK games businesses.
If you’ve got thoughts on any of the below please let Andy know.
Ed Vaizey backs games industry progress
Five years after first speaking to the conference, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey gave a warmly-received keynote address at Develop:Brighton today.
Hailing these "incredibly exciting times" for the UK games industry, after the introduction of Video Games Tax Relief and the reintroduction of computing into the curriculum, the Minister particularly welcomed Ukie's contribution to this ongoing work.
What the July Budget means for the games industry
Today’s Budget was the first from the Chancellor of a majority Conservative government since 1996, and announcing a significant change in economic strategy with cuts to taxes and welfare and the introduction of a National Living Wage. You can read the full Budget speech and documents here.
Ukie submission on skilled immigration rules
The government recently asked the Migration Advisory Committee, a semi-independent board of experts, to come up with ways to reduce skilled immigration into the UK. They are holding a consultation over the summer, which Ukie will be fully engaged in. They were also asked to give some initial thoughts on whether the salary thresholds for tier 2 visas (those for skilled immigrants) should be raised, and what impact this would have.
8th July Budget: Ukie calls for talent hub in each regional games cluster and support for exports across country
In advance of the post-election Budget on 8th July video games trade body Ukie is calling on the Government to recognise and support major games clusters across the United Kingdom.
HAVE YOUR SAY: High skill visa restrictions announced
The Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – a semi-independent body set up to advise on immigration policy – is considering several new measures to bring net migration under 100,000 annually, as proposed in Conservative manifestos. We would like your opinion on how these could impact the games industry.
The proposals are focused on the Tier 2 general visa, which enables UK businesses to employ skilled migrants from outside of the European Economic Area.
New government's programme announced
Action on red tape, immigration, childcare and personal taxation has been announced today in the Queen’s Speech.
The speech, which marked the formal opening of the new Parliament and sets out the new Conservative government’s agenda for the next year, included some fundamental reforms that will affect all UK businesses, including those in the games industry.