In their 2019 Manifesto, titled ‘It’s Time for Real Change’, the Labour party has outlined actions that it will take to encourage the growth of the digital and creative sector if it wins the General Election on 12 December 2019. TIGA, the independent network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the games industry, has provided a summary below.
With regards to digital, culture, media and sport, the Labour Party has pledged:
- Free full-fibre broadband to all by 2030
- Nationalising the broadband-relevant part of BT
- Enforcing a legal duty of care to protect children online
- Consultations on ways to address the gender imbalance in the digital creative industries
- The introduction of an Arts Pupil Premium to every primary school in England
- A £160 million annual boost for schools to ensure creative and arts education is embedded in secondary education
- The introduction of a new Gambling Act fit for the digital age
On migration, the Labour Party’s policies include:
- A work visa system that will allow sectors to fill any skill or labour shortages
- Scrapping the two-tier system within the 2014 Immigration Act
The Labour Party’s full manifesto can be found here.