New report 'Securing our Digital Future: The techUK Manifesto for growth and jobs 2015-2020' sets out roadmap for next Government
techUK launches Manifesto highlighting Leadership, Trust and InclusionGovernment has key role to help the UK economy and citizens adapt to the digital future
techUK, the leading voice for the UK technology industry, publishes Securing our Digital Future: the techUK manifesto for growth and jobs 2015-2020. It urges politicians and policy-makers to recognise the critical significance of the global digital revolution. Voters understand that their future and the future of their children depends upon how well the UK economy and society adapts to the new digital world. 65% of voters believe that it is Government's responsibility to plan for the future .
This manifesto outlines how the next five years are crucial for the UK, not just to be a digital leader but to use digital technologies to tackle the fundamental long-term social and economic challenges for the next generation.
Securing our Digital Future calls for the next government to use technology-led innovation to deliver high quality public services; increase productivity; and secure a million new jobs that help drive an inclusive and secure society . The manifesto sets out what the next government, working in collaboration with industry, must do to build on progress already achieved to secure our digital potential.
Julian David, CEO of techUK, says: "Tech and digital have a fundamental role to play in almost everything the next government will need to do, as we continue to rebuild our economy for the 21st century. That's why today techUK is launching its manifesto as a roadmap to 2020. The key message for politicians is that voters and industry alike want the Government to secure our digital future."
The techUK call to action includes:
Powerful new UK leadership roles in government, EU and beyond
A comprehensive package of science, innovation and talent
"Digital-trust-by-default" across the public and private sector
Deliver on "digital for everyone"
Julian David continues: "There's no doubt we are moving in the right direction. There has been a step change in understanding just how significant these changes are and that we are in a global race. The next five years must be about bringing greater scale and pace to the digital transformation of our country. From skills to infrastructure, digital government to digital health, we have to think big and get the job done. Get it right and the action we take over the next five years can secure our digital future for the next thirty."
The full manifesto and manifesto infographic are available to download at the bottom of this page.
To find out more, or to get in touch:
 ComRes polling for Nesta 'Speaking to the Innovation Population' at http://www.nesta.org.uk/sites/default/files/speaking_to_the_innovation_population.pdf  Baroness Martha Lane-Fox (January 2014) Maiden speech in the House of Lords. Retrieved from http://marthalanefoxblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/25th-anniversary-of-the-world-wide-web/  Centre for Entrepreneurs (2014) 'Migrants behind one in seven UK companies' http://www.centreforentrepreneurs.org/Media/Default/Campaigns/Migrant%20Entrepreneurs/Release%204-13-14%20Migrant%20entrepreneurs.pdf  ComRes (June 2014). Innovation Population Summary Report. Retrieved from http://www.nesta.org.uk/sites/default/files/innovation_population_summary.pdf  £875m was costed by independent economic analysis for the Tinder Foundation and Go ON UK 'Putting a price on a digitally included Britain' (February 2014) Retrieved from http://www.tinderfoundation.org/our-thinking/news/putting-price-digitally-included-britain
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