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Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector deals, on the 27th November the Government set forth its vision for enhancing UK global competitiveness.
The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for the Chancellor due to worsening growth forecasts and tensions within The Cabinet.
I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment to introduce age verification checks on pornographic websites.
FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT users are much more likely to be ‘problem gamblers’, statistics from the gambling helpline showed that in one year (2011/2012) 28% of calls to the helpline were from gamblers who were experiencing problems owing to their use of FOBTs.
It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s now abandoned takeover of UK-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever.
The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap between the UK’s most productive companies, industries, places and people and the rest; and Make the UK one of the most competitive places in the world to start or grow a business.
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