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Monday 17 June 2024

*UKHotViewsExtra* Labour and Conservative manifestos: tech implications

Manifesto coversWith most parties having published their General Election 2024 manifestos, TechMarketView looks at the implications for software and IT services suppliers. In today’s HotViewExtra article we are looking at the pledges of the Conservatives and the Labour Party. 

Both parties have a focus on infrastructure investment, accelerating innovation, community-based healthcare and reducing crime, particularly fraud. Technology plays a role in these plans, but it is not at the forefront of proposals for either party. How these proposals will be funded is given superficial treatment and in both cases relies on an optimistic view of economic growth and an ability to raise funds through a clampdown on tax avoidance and public sector expenditure on external consultants.

Regardless of who wins the General Election, unprotected departments (most departments with the exception of Health, Defence, Education and overseas aid) are likely to be facing a real term cut to budgets from 2025-26, placing public services under even greater pressure to reform. Technology will play a key role in these reforms, creating significant opportunities for software and IT services suppliers (including consultants), but there is a risk the the government (whoever that may be) continues to place too much faith in AI saving the day.

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Posted by: Dale Peters at 10:27

Tags: policy   government   general+election  

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