Following the General Election the Government has put forward its programme for Government in a new Queen’s Speech delivered on 19 December. The speech contained a number of announcements that will support the continued growth and prosperity of the tech sector such as support for tax credits for R&D and the establishment of a National Skills Fund.
The Queen’s Speech also recommitted the Government to developing a new points-based immigration system, high-speed broadband across the United Kingdom and legislation to improve internet safety for users.
The Government also reaffirmed its central pledge for the UK to leave the EU by the end of January and negotiate a new future relationship with the EU by the end of December 2020. techUK will engage with the Government throughout this process to ensure the UK remains one of the very best places in the world for tech.
Responding to the Queen’s Speech CEO of techUK Julian David said:
“The new administration has set out a clear programme for Government implementing the Conservative party manifesto.
“techUK is delighted that the Queen’s Speech recognised the need for investment in R&D and skills to boost productivity and prosperity. Investment in public services and the environment were central themes in this Queen’s Speech and the UK’s tech sector will undoubtedly play a central role in achieving these ambitions to ensure the UK is fighting fit in the 21st century.
“techUK looks forward to working with the Prime Minister and our members to use technology with purpose to make things better for people, society, economy and our planet.”