Documents to download

The Government’s white paper, Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain Fit for the Future, was published on 27 November 2017.  

The white paper states that the industrial strategy will “create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK” by focusing on what it describes as the “five foundations” of productivity. These foundations are: ideas (research and innovation); people (skills, jobs and earnings); infrastructure (particularly transport, housing and digital technology); business environment (encouraging business creation and small business productivity); and places (prosperous communities, addressing disparities in regional productivity and spreading the proceeds of growth).   

In addition to the five foundations, the industrial strategy also identifies four “grand challenges” facing the UK. These challenges are: the artificial intelligence and data revolution; the global shift to clean growth; the future of mobility (focused on transport networks, electric vehicles and driverless cars); and an ageing society. 

This Library briefing summarises the industrial strategy’s proposals for public investment, the debate on the strategy which took place in the House of Commons on 27 November 2017, and reaction to the publication of the strategy from a range of organisations, such as the Trades Union Congress, the Confederation of British Industry, and EEF, the manufacturers’ association. The briefing also includes productivity growth and earnings growth data from the Office for National Statistics, and recent statements from the Office for Budget Responsibility announcing downgrades to their productivity growth and earnings growth forecasts. 


Documents to download

Related posts

  • In August 2020, Northampton saw an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. A large number of these transmissions were traced back to the Greencore factory in Northampton. On 21 August 2020, workers and their households were told to self-isolate for 14 days to limit the risk of further spread of the disease in the community, and to avoid a local lockdown. This article looks at the regulations introduced to enforce the restrictions.

  • The UK’s arts and entertainment sector has been one of the areas worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The decline in revenues and the number of workers furloughed over the past few months is second only to the accommodation and food sector. This article examines the impact of the pandemic on the UK’s cultural industry and the Government’s recently announced support package worth £1.57 billion aimed at helping the sector recover.

  • The Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 (Remedial) Order 2019 makes changes to the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013. These changes are the result of decisions made in the courts on the act’s compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights. This article looks at the court cases which led to the remedial order, ahead of its debate in the House of Lords on 3 September 2020.