This year, thoughts will turn toward Brexit – we’ll have a clearer view of its impact on the country. Government departments involved in European laws – such as Defra and the Home Office – will be looking at the challenges they may face in a post-Brexit world.
There’ll be a lot of thinking across Government on how it can best leverage its knowledge, skills and expertise to create alternative opportunities internationally, as well as attracting international investment into the UK.
The headline announcements in the Autumn Statement will be revisited with the budget in March. Plans for spend will be revealed around the likes of housing and infrastructure, and Government will continue to work hard to consolidate its estate and free up land to support its development agenda.
There’ll be investment around greater network connectivity, too. Broadband and 5G mobile networks will be prioritised to support the digital economy.
Here at Ordnance Survey, we’re also supporting Government’s agenda with clever use of geospatial data. We’re:
- Introducing a new Greenspace product, enabling urban areas to get greater visibility, access and use of public green spaces.
- Collaborating with the Department for Transport to create a definitive road map of GB, OS MasterMap Highways Network.
- Working with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and other public and private sector partners, to deliver insight and models for the provision and management of the 5G network.
As a relied-upon data provider, we’ll also continue our work exploring how the use of temporal and crowd-sourced data can supplement our own data. Use of real-time and third party information alongside Ordnance Survey’s authoritative location-based information will really help our customers make bigger savings, make more informed decisions, and provide better services to the citizen.
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