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Prime Minister creates digital taskforce as Digital Economy Unit moved to DCMS

The Digital Economy Unit moves fully into DCMS as the Prime Minister creates a dedicated taskforce on digital to be chaired by the Minster Ed Vaizey.

There has been a shift in the Machinery of Government as Digital Economy Unit has been transferred to within the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, The unit will still work closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) though Ed Vaizey, whose position remains a joint ministerial post between BIS and DCMS. The key passage relating to this transfer is outlined below.

'Responsibility for the Digital Economy Unit will transfer from being jointly held between the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to being the responsibility solely of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with policy responsibility transferring accordingly. The Unit will retain strong links with the Department for Business through the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, which is a joint Ministerial post. This change will be effective immediately'

Additionally there reports in the media of a new 'Digital Implementation Taskforce' from No.10 and the Cabinet Office, of which formal notices are expected over the coming weeks. It is anticipated that this taskforce will build upon the work of the 'Digital Ministers Taskforce' and align with the work of the Digital Economy Council.

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