Parties clash on UK Digital Strategy
Digital Economy minister Ed Vaizey has called on the public and industry to help shape government technology policy, prompting a call from his opposition shadow, Chi Onwurah MP, for the government to do more.
Vaizey said that in the next few months the government will set out a new Digital Strategy for the UK, looking to the next five years, and called for ideas by 19 January so that UK policy "continues to lead the way." He outlined four major areas of action: unlocking digital growth; transforming government; transforming day to day life and building the foundations.
"We’ve built a great base — but we need to work hard to make sure we continue to take advantage of the benefits digital transformation has to offer, as an economy and as a society. Other countries are hot on our heels but we want the UK to be synonymous with digital – a place where digital technologies transform day-to-day life, the economy and government."
Labour's Chi Onwurah countered that Labour will hold the Government to account on how it addresses "its three biggest failings" which she identified as investment in a competitive digital infrastructure; digital exclusion and digital citizen rights.
"Labour believes we need a digital industrial strategy to ensure that we are both competitive and secure in the Digital Age and that everyone benefits from the digital revolution.”
Ukie will be responding to the consultation using the evidence gathered in our Blueprint for Growth, launched in Parliament on 3 November.