Conservative manifesto 2017: creative industry pledges

The Conservative party has unveiled its manifesto -- 'Forward, Together' -- for the June 8th general election, pledging a range of actions to support the UK’s “ world-beating” digital technology and creative sectors, including:

Creative & Digital

  • Help sectors develop the conditions which they need to thrive, such as by delivering the infrastructure, including broadband, “that businesses need.”
  • Replace 13,000 existing technical qualifications with new qualifications, known as T-levels, across fifteen routes in subjects including Digital and Creative & Design.
  • Help digital businesses to “scale up and grow,” with an “ambition” for many more to list in the UK.
  • Ensure digital businesses have access to the “best talent” from overseas to compete with anywhere in the world.
  • Set up “at least one” new institute of technology in the UK, dedicated to world-leading digital skills.
  • Take steps to ensure that the interests of employees on traditional contracts, the self-employed and those people working in the ‘gig’ economy are all properly protected.

Media & Content

  • Ensure there is a sustainable business model for high-quality media online, to create a level playing field for our media and creative industries.
  • Help provide the skills and digital infrastructure that creative companies need by ‘seeking’ to build upon the creative industries tax credits scheme.
  • Ensure there is a “robust system” for protection of intellectual property when the UK has left the EU, with strong protections against infringement.

Broadband & Online

  • Make doing business online easier for companies and consumers, such as giving businesses the right to insist on a digital signature and the right to digital cancellation of contracts.
  • Oblige all digital companies to provide digital receipts, clearer terms and conditions when selling goods and services online and support new digital proofs of identification.
  • For broadband customers, make switching provider easier and pricing more transparent.
  • By 2020, ensure every home and business has access to high speed broadband. Also, “work to provide” gigaspeed connectivity to as many businesses and homes “as possible.”
  • Introduce a full fibre connection voucher for companies across the country by 2018 and, by 2022, have "major fibre spines" in more than 100 towns and cities.
  • Ensure 10million premises connect to full fibre and a clear path to national coverage over the decade from 2022.
  • Extend mobile coverage further to 95 per cent geographic coverage of the UK (by 2022).
  • Continue to release more spectrum from public sector use to allow greater private sector access and begin the roll-out of a new 5G network, so that majority of population is covered by 5G by 2027.

Internet Protection & Regulation

  • Introduce new protections for minors, from images of pornography, violence, and other age-inappropriate content on social media, app stores and websites.
  • Give people new rights to ensure they are in control of their own data, including the ability to require major social media platforms to delete information held about them at the age of 18.
  • Bring forward a new data protection law, to “ensure the very best standards for the safe, flexible and dynamic use of data and enshrining our global leadership in the ethical and proportionate regulation of data.”
  • Ensure content creators are appropriately rewarded for the content they make available online and, to support media organisations, repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2014.

Editor's Note: Image credit-  Foreign and Commonweath Office


    23rd May 2017

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