Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy

The Prime Minister announces a snap election and techUK urges parties to back digital for a thriving economy. Yesterday, we launched our new paper on what leaving the Customs Union means for tech companies and why it must not result in more red tape. Meanwhile, the Chancellor backs the UK as the world’s fintech hub and the Science and Technology Committee wants STEM skills at the heart of the Industrial Strategy. Get back into the swing after Easter with your weekly roundup below.

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Top Tech Policy News

techUK calls on parties to back digital for a thriving economy (Diginomica)
CEO Julian David says good Brexit deal paramount but supporting tech through long-sighted skills policy and effective industrial strategy will help UK thrive.

techUK: Tech must thrive under post-Brexit customs arrangements (techUK)
Avoiding unnecessary red tape and moving towards a smart customs system among key recommendations to Government in techUK’s latest paper.

Chancellor backs UK as global fintech hub (City AM)
But Philip Hammond MP also acknowledges need for access to international tech talent if UK is to retain fintech crown.

Influential Committee wants STEM skills at heart of Industrial Strategy (The Register)
Science & Technology Committee welcomes Strategy’s focus on closing skills gap but urges Government to mitigate Brexit impacts on science and research.


techUK Action & Reaction

Apprenticeship Levy not designed to meet UK skills needs (Computer Weekly)
Policy Director Charlotte Holloway says Levy encourages low-skilled apprenticeships and must become more flexible to tackle long-term digital skills gap.

Government and regulators need to keep ahead of fintech competition (CBR)
techUK’s Ruth Milligan says UK’s approach is world-leading but policymakers need to ensure access to skilled workers and seamless regulation with Europe.

techUK & Harrow Council on taking advantage of smart cities revolution (techUK)
Demonstrating impact on local services and highlighting value of local government market among nine principles developed to unlock local government smart cities innovation.

techUK welcomes ICO innovation plan (techUK)
ICO backs regulatory landscape that enables innovation, supports disruptive business models and maintains robust data protection.


More News & Comment

UK must eye EU telecoms policy to deliver world-class connectivity (Computer Weekly)

Fascinating research on how tech will impact the US workforce (National Academies)

Trump executive order to restrict top tech visa route to US (New York Times)


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