EURIM Working Group on Manifesto
Introduction and Terms of Reference
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Introduction and Terms of Reference
working group was formed to identify ICT-related priorities for
inclusion in the manifesto commitments of the main political parties
and to help those responsible for relevant policy formation in each
of the main political parties before the run-up to the 2005 General
Election. The group now has the task of ensuring that EURIM material
is routinely passed to those with policy responsibility within the
parties on an ongoing basis and of opening up opportunities for the
informed review of ICT related policy proposals at the earliest
digest and prioritise EURIM material for use by the policy teams
of the main political parties.
produce summaries of the main policy recommendations on which
there is pan-industry agreement tailored to the needs of the
help provide industry inputs and contacts tailored to the needs
and priorities of the main parties.
organise activities to bring members and observers together to
discuss the practical implementation of those recommendations
which are adopted.
priority recommendations are adopted by all main parties (with
variations to fit party priorities/ideologies tailored by those
who are active in the party of their allegiance/choice) with the
necessary priority to secure action.
policies dependent on the use of ICT products and services are
checked for cost and practicality before commitment.
members and observers undertake advance preparation on the means
of implementing policy commitments to help ensure that they meet
"Points for Your Manifesto" were produced well in advance of the
2004 Party Conference season and several of the main points were
addressed in major platform speeches, including by the Prime
Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer while other material was
used in Fringe Meetings for those directly interested in ICT issues.
members of the group were then asked to help draft more detailed
policy proposals tailored to the needs of specific parties.
published "Points for your Manifesto" were publicly welcomed by
spokesmen for all the main parties and several then used sections of
the material in policy papers and speeches. The material on E-Crime
and on Personal Identity and Data Sharing were also used by IPPR in
its Digital Manifesto after the election.
are being encouraged to work with and through the parties of their
choice to ensure that relevant policies have the priority that is
necessary to secure commitments to act, not just to debate and
Group conducts most of its business by email interspersed with short
order informal briefings to fit with political diaries.
If you are a member of EURIM and you would like to join this
group please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Release for Points for Your Manifesto
Briefing No 38: Points for Your Election Manifesto
priorities identified to date for political attention are:
Infrastructure: to move debate away from managing the cost
of access to the infrastructures of the past towards encouraging
investment in those of the future and in the services they will
the Internet Safe, Reliable and Fit for Purpose: Government
departments, law enforcement agencies and industry need to
co-operate locally, nationally and internationally because
e-crime ignores frontiers as well as law enforcement boundaries.
That will require a national strategy, the resources for
implementation, and frameworks for accountability.
and Fiscal Certainty, Equity and Clarity: regimes that are
fair, transparent, predictable and not over-complicated as well
as skills at all levels and environments where staff wish to
live as well as work. are needed to encourage the industries of
the future to grow in the UK
the Creation and Exploitation of Knowledge: by rewarding
risk investment and
innovation, as well as invention, with funding or capital
the Barriers to Improving Public Services: including the
provision of clear and credible routines, including governance
and accountability, for collecting, maintaining and sharing (not
just protecting) both public and private data.
Confidence in the Delivery of Modernised Government: by
ensuring that good practice is followed at all levels, from the
top (i.e. policy formation) down as well as from the bottom up.
Tax Free Learning to Create and Maintain World-Class Workforce
Skills: lifelong learning, rather than first entry
education, should be at the heart and tax incentives should be
used to help move vocational skills provision from centralised
planning hierarchies to rapid response to emerging demand.
the Third Sector in the Delivery of Public Services: by
ending the plethora of special initiatives and devolving funding
to locally accountable authorities.