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APDIG Statement on the Snap General Election

APDIG Statement on the Snap General Election

21st April 2017

With the dissolution of the current Parliament expected on Wednesday 3rd May, the APDIG will continue to work to represent the best interests of the design sector. The APDIG will be arranging an all-members meeting to get together over lunch, review the last Parliamentary year, and, most importantly, discuss our respective skills and employment priorities for the new Government and Parliament.

We will then look to draft these into a priorities document which we will take to new Parliamentarians and the new Government. 

The Design Policy Group will also be continuing our Brexit Education Manifesto with CHEAD, which now has even further impetus and we look forward to launching the manifesto in September. A full briefing on this exciting project, with dates for workshops and how to get involved, will be released in the coming weeks. 

Additionally,  the Group is delighted to have responded to the consultation on the Government's Industrial Strategy. The Design Business Association and the British Industrial Design Association for collaborating with us on this. Many of the points raised will also be promoted as the major parties put together their election manifestos. It is expected that industrial design and adapting to the post-Brexit economy will be a major feature in the election campaign and it is vital that there is a powerful and united voice for design during this time.

As well as providing extensive briefings to members on these manifestos. Members are encouraged to share with us any briefings, events or announcements you would like us to feature. 

The Design Commission's People and Places report continues to attract large amounts of press attention and this is likely to continue during the next few months. The Design Commission will be hosting a workshop on health and the built environment at Urban Design London on Thursday 11th May.

Finally, a number of items of legislation, including the Digital Economy Bill and Higher Education and Research Bill, are still in the process of being debated in the so-called 'wash-up' period. A useful look at what legislation might survive the snap election has been produced by the Institute for Government.