Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the first Budget of the current government yesterday, announcing levels of investment spending not usually expected of a Conservative government and a £30bn package to protect the economy and businesses from the ongoing COVID19 outbreak. As expected, regional development was placed at the heart of the Budget, with ambitious commitments made from investing in infrastructure, to changing the very operations of the Treasury in order to benefit regions outside of London more.
Yesterday saw the Houses of Parliament opening its doors and welcoming UK esports onto its premises for the first time ever. In partnership with Intel, Digital Schoolhouse, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Video Games, Ukie led the event enabling Members of Parliament to join esports businesses, sports organisations and brands to learn of the scale of esports in the UK.
This morning, the Queen delivered her 64th speech in the first ‘dressed down’ State Opening of Parliament since March 1974.
It began with the issue that will unsurprisingly dominate parliamentary business over the next two years: the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Of the combined 27 bills and draft bills that were introduced, eight separate pieces of legislation relate to our forthcoming departure from the EU including:
This week Ukie was appointed the official secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Video Games. The APPG brings together MPs and Peers from all political parties who are interested in and supportive of the games industry, acting as the core network of games-friendly politicians.
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