Editorial

Government delays publishing digital strategy

DCMS minister says government currently working towards publishing delayed plans sometime this year

Posted 6 January 2021 by

The government has said it is delaying publishing its digital strategy until 2021.

Computer Weekly reports that the strategy, which was announced by digital secretary Oliver Dowden last June as a way to ensure growth and productivity after the pandemic, was originally due to be published in autumn 2020.

However, the government never produced the strategy, and there is no set date for delivery.

Answering a written Parliamentary question, Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) digital and culture minister Caroline Dinenage said the government is currently considering the best timeframe for delivering the strategy – but it should be sometime in 2021.  

“The Government is committed to driving growth in the digital sector and wider economy, and to ensuring that we maximise the benefits of a digital-led economic recovery,” she said. “We will ensure that the Digital Strategy supports these objectives, both in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.

“We are continuing to consider the best timeframe for delivering the strategy, in light of the broader national context including the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently working towards publishing in 2021.”