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Trade body techUK serves up tech-focused manifesto

Written by Mon 25 Nov 2019

techUK sets out vision for how next Government can use technology to improve society, the economy and the planet

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will have noticed that the UK election race is heating up.

With the Conservative Party unveiling its (relatively anaemic) manifesto over the weekend, all three of the UK’s major political parties have released their policy pledges and priorities should they be victorious on December 12.

While Brexit, taxation, the NHS and climate change have so far dominated the headlines, comparatively less attention has been paid to supporting the economic success of the UK tech sector, a sector that is growing at twice the speed of the rest of the economy and is in large part responsible for the UK’s competitiveness on the world stage.

In order to emphasise the importance of technology to the success of the UK economy, tech trade body techUK has joined in the manifesto mania, producing an action plan detailing how the next government can ensure tech sector success during its term. In addition to the economy, the manifesto also explores how technology can make things better for society and the planet.

The techUK manifesto sets out a 25-step action plan for achieving five objectives: Building a “smarter” state to transform public services; driving digital innovation and investment; promoting safety and security online; improving skills, talent and opportunities, and putting the UK at the heart of the global digital economy.

Among its recommendations, techUK calls for the appointment of a ministerial champion for digital transformation in every government department, the establishment of a net-zero tech taskforce and a digital media and literacy curriculum for all primary and secondary school children.

In a policy proposal that perhaps puts the trade body at odds with the Labour Party, which has pledged to clamp down on tech sector tax avoidance, techUK has called for the new government to make the UK a major campaigning nation for the liberalisation of the global tech economy.

“To move forward towards a better future, we need to be both optimistic about the opportunities ahead and realistic about the challenges we face,” said Julian David, CEO of techUK said.

“The UK must build on its success not only to be the best place to start, grow and scale a tech business, but also to lead the world in using digital technology for good – to make things better for people, society, the economy and our planet.

Written by Mon 25 Nov 2019

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