Insights Government publishes new Digital Strategy

The Government says that the Digital Strategy is a cross-government strategy which sets out a “coherent articulation of the government’s ambitious agenda for digital policy”.

The strategy focuses on six key areas:

  • digital foundations: an update on the Plan for Digital Regulation and the supply-side offer to the digital economy, covering digital infrastructure, data, regulation and digital markets, and security;
  • ideas and intellectual property: consolidation of the Government’s work to support the innovation ecosystem, including in universities and the private sector. This builds on the Innovation Strategy with a specific focus on digital technology;
  • digital skills and talent: highlights UK Government’s work to reform and improve skills and talent provision for the digital economy, including strengthening the digital education pipeline, increasing awareness of the pathways into digital occupations, working to develop an enhanced digital skills base, growing people’s access to digital skills through alternative routes, working with the private and third sectors, and the Government’s reforms to enable UK firms to recruit the best global talent;
  • financing digital growth: demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving the tech ecosystem to ensure that the UK remains one of the best places in the world to start and run a digital technology business, including work to improve access to finance through the British Business Bank and British Patient Capital, embedding the technology revolution across the economy through Fintech, and the Government’s push to make the UK the best place to list an ambitious technology business;
  • spreading prosperity and “levelling up”: sets out how the Government is using digital technologies to support the achievement of key strategic priorities: enhancing productivity through technology adoption, improving public services, “levelling up”, and net zero; and
  • enhancing the UK’s place in the world: focuses on how the UK will use its strategic advantage in digital and tech to influence global decisions for the evolving digital world, emphasising the Government’s commitment to maintaining the UK as a science and technology superpower and how it is helping to set global standards on digital products and services.

To access the Digital Strategy, click here. To read the Government’s press release, click here.