Labour's views on how digital will shape the economy's future
I attended a Digital and Tech Manifesto briefing at Labour HQ yesterday. Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary, and a team of frontbenchers from across departments talked about the work they have been doing to weave digital issues across all their policies going into next year’s Manifesto.
The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement today – a mini-budget that is one of the big occasions each year when the government makes major spending announcements. We listened live and tweeted any good news.
Autumn statement: Ukie‘s four-point proposal for games industry growth
This week I wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne proposing some ideas around further investment in the games sector as part of this year’s Autumn Statement, due to be delivered on Wednesday 3rd December.
Our proposals for games industry growth covers the following areas:
We need your input for our next government asks
We launched our Games Industry Manifesto for the Next Parliament in September. This set out the strategic areas that the next government should act on to help the UK become the best place in the world to make and sell games. Since then we have been developing a series of White Papers that set out detailed recommendations for action in those strategic areas.
Ukie calls for a new routemap for teacher training in the new Computing Curriculum
(Picture : Baroness Morgan of Huyton - Chair of House of Lords select committee on digital skills )
Ukie has responded to the House of Lords Select Committee investigation into Digital Skills, launched earlier this year, by calling for a new routemap for teacher training in the new Computing curriculum to span the rest of the decade.
Treasury asks the industry for input on funding support schemes
Many of you may have used the Enterprise Investment Scheme, Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, or the Venture Capital Trust Scheme, to help get investment in your business or to get a better deal on an investment yourself.
Ukie launches policy manifesto for the games industry
Our Manifesto, which you can read above, sets out our priorities for how to accelerate growth in the UK games sector, now that we have tax relief in place and coding back on the curriculum. Created with input from Ukie’s members over the last six months, the Policy Manifesto calls for action on three headline areas of policy support:
New Computing curriculum officially launches today
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Developers can now get their games production tax credits, as the final piece of legislation has come into force.
We want members' views on three new consultations that have been launched.
Addressing different aspects of the digital economy, these all address issues which Ukie has been working on for a long time. We will be responding to each in turn, and need member input to ensure we are accurately representing the views of the games industry.
We have opened a forum discussion on the three consultations, where you can give us your thoughts. Alternatively you can email Andy directly to discuss in private.