Ukie published a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, laying out a series of recommendations for the Autumn Statement Budget reforecast, due to be delivered on 23 November this year. There are seven recommended measures in total, which center around the games sector’s access to public funding, skills and talent development, and trade and investment.
This week, following an employer consultation Ukie responded to, the Department for Education has published the details of the funding rates and rules that will apply to the apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in April 2017.
The levy is designed to create and fund new apprenticeships as part of the Government’s ongoing drive to upskill millions across the UK to ensure that they can build successful and lasting careers in a changing digital world.
Ukie EU poll: games companies favour remaining in EU
Ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June, we have published results of an anonymous sentiment survey of our members, which asked what their position was on the implications of a remain/leave decision on their games business.
The survey, sent out in March, before the official launch of the Referendum campaign, reached developers, publishers, and games service businesses of all sizes. We received 62 responses, which represents approximately 21% of our membership. Respondents answered the survey anonymously.
Announcing a renewed push to remove barriers to innovation and employment, Business Secretary Sajid Javid today revealed two new consultations:
- A public survey asking for views on what the government should include in its new Innovation Plan; and
- An upcoming call for evidence on whether "non-compete clauses" in employment contracts are stifling entrepreneurship
Making the announcement, the Business Secretary said: