0 Have your say The UK government has been accused of trying to “roll back devolution’ after the Treasury said it was preparing to hand investment directly from Whitehall to local authorities in Scotland, bypassing the Barnett formula. A new £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund designed to pump investment into economically depressed communities will invite bids directly from local councils, including in Scotland. £1bn of the fund will be ring fenced for communities in England, with most of that money already earmarked for areas of the north that voted for Brexit.READ MORE: Brexit: Theresa May suffers fresh defeat as MPs reject no dealIt had prompted claims from critics that the fund is a “bung” for Labour MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal – although only three did so earlier this week. Under established convention, additional local government spending in England would result in a windfall for devolved … [Read more...] about UK Government accused of undermining The Vow and ‘rolling back devolution’
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By Malcolm Owen Monday, October 29, 2018, 11:13 am PT (02:13 pm ET) The government of the United Kingdom has announced plans to claw more tax revenue from Apple and other tech giants, with a proposed "Digital Service Tax" on 2 percent of all revenues derived from UK-based users that could be implemented in April 2020. Announced by UK chancellor Philip Hammond at the House of Commons on Monday, the Digital Service Tax is being billed as a way for big firms to pay their fair share, or as the "Budget 2018" report advises, will "ensure that the amount of tax paid in the UK is reflective of the value they derive from their UK users." The tax would apply only to revenues generated from search engines, social media platforms, and online marketplaces, areas that companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and others operate within. It will also only apply to firms that generate global revenues in excess of 500 million pounds ($640 million) per annum, and would only be applied to the revenue … [Read more...] about UK government plans ‘Digital Services Tax’ applied against Apple and other tech giants
The British government's National Infrastructure Commission published a 160-page report yesterday (July 10) covering the health of the nation's cities, the future of its roads, making the switch to low-carbon energy and, among other things, the need to improve broadband communications.The report proposes that "the government devise a National Broadband Plan by Spring 2019, to deliver full fibre connections across the whole of the country, including those in rural areas - this should ensure that the technology is available to 15 million homes and businesses by 2025, 25 million by 2030, and all homes and businesses by 2033."This is, obviously, a very long time. However, the UK has a mediocre track record when it comes to FTTP (Fibre to the Premises). Some countries have already reached 40 per cent coverage while the UK, at the last count, hadn't passed the one percent level needed to make the FTTH Council Europe comparison table.It should not surprise anyone that the latest report on … [Read more...] about UK government wants ‘full fibre’ for everyone by 2033, while the country tumbles down the broadband speed table
A TOP female porn producer has blasted the UK Government’s decision to ban all porn in Britain by default. Adult filmmaker Erika Lust called the legislation a “panic law” that won’t protect youngsters from porn, speaking to The Sun. By the end of 2018, the Government will have blocked all adult websites – and you’ll only be able to access if you sign up to an age verification scheme. This means potentially handing over personal details, and even sensitive documents like your driving licence or passport. The goal is to keep youngster from ending up on dodgy websites. But Erika said the nanny state scheme won’t even work: “They’re going to watch it anyway. “Young people are clever. They want to find out more about sex; they will find their ways around it.” She reckons there’s a better way to spend all of that dosh. “Instead of budgeting all of this money to try to prohibit them from watching something that they … [Read more...] about UK porn ban is a ‘panic law’ that won’t even work, says top XXX filmmaker Erika Lust
Open letter regarding Australia's Open Government National Action Plan. Despite open government's best intentions to prioritise collaboration, government bodies consistently duplicate each other's effort. Collaborating as effectively as open communities is much harder than you'd think. A number of us "open technologists" have drafted a paper describing the challenges government faces, along with our vision for how to address these. It is being presented as part of Australia's updated Open Government National Action Plan. For the technical reader If you are a technologist and agree with this vision, please add your technical credibility by signing in source article's comments section or by emailing <cameron . shorter AT g m a i l . c o M> . Diverse support will help sponsors wanting to back its recommendations. Open Letter This letter is presented on behalf of the citizens, technologists and organisations signed below. When addressing the updated Open Government … [Read more...] about What Could Open Government Learn from Us Open Technology folks?