The most important policy debate currently happening that will shape the games industry's future is the European Commission's strategy to complete the Digital Single Market. This covers a wide array of issues, including consumer protection law, copyright, privacy, competition law, data protection and more.
Chancellor George Osborne announced the Budget today, setting out the government's tax and spending plans for the next year and beyond.
The Budget introduces a number of general measures which will have the effect of boosting small- and micro- studios and developers. As our Blueprint for Growth noted, some 95% of games companies are SMEs. The most eye-catching proposals are cuts to business rates and stamp duty for lower-value properties, as well as some targeted support for the digital economy.
Responding to the announcements, Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist said:
Khan makes big London tech play
Labour mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan today made a strong pitch for the capital's tech sector in his London Manifesto. In a chapter entitield "Taking Tech to the next level", the candidate reiterated his pledge to be "the most pro-business Mayor yet, working in partnership with industry to deliver on skills, infrastructure, and growth."
Echoing calls by Ukie in our Blueprint for Growth, Khan promised to:
Ukie makes case for games to Parliament
Ukie today gave evidence on behalf of the video games industry to the Parliamentary Select Committee for Business, Innovation and Skills, currently conducting an inquiry into the digital economy.
Government's Productivity Plan scrutinised by Parliament
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an expert panel of government advisers, has published its recommendations on reducing skilled immigration, following a review held last year. It has recommended relatively modest changes to the immigration system.
2015: A Year in the Political Game
Before heading off for a holiday break, we took a look back at some of the highlights from this year of games industry engagement with government, parliament and UK politics.
We'd like to thank all of our members for their help throughout the year getting more recognition and support for our industry. None of what we do would be possible without you.
Tax Reliefs and Access to Finance come under scrutiny
Two new consultations have been announced to run into the New Year, on the issues of tax reliefs and access to finance. If you would like more information on either issue, email Andy.
Labour review of Tax Reliefs