Taking the battle for digital inclusion to the private and public sectors
Astonishingly, according to Office for National Statistics, in the first three months of 2015, 11% (5.9 million) of adults in the UK had never used the Internet.
Many of these are on low incomes such as the homeless, refugees, the elderly and disabled people. These figures are even higher amounts those living below the poverty line as majority of disadvantaged people still have no access to a computer. Without access to the Internet there is a severe barrier to gaining employment and connecting with family and friends. Furthermore, they are disadvantaged through not being able to perform bureaucratic tasks online or access cheaper deals for utilities and shopping. There is also a cost to the economy in that non-Internet users cost more for local Councils to service, as an example.