The then, and current Prime Minister, David Cameron gave before the paper was written, the following statement;
We have quite rightly included financial inclusion as part of the digital objective but how can people truly benefit from this if they are not online?
The savings have varied from £560 per household to a more recent figure of £744 with some numbers being banded around of nearly £3000 per year by being a smarter online consumer
Whatever the amount of people “offline” actually is, unless all parts are put together we won’t reduce this number and people won’t become true Digital Citizens
The UKOnline Centres have helped 1.8million people learn basic skills since 2010, but how many went on to get the hardware or internet access and become digitally included?
There is a mass of crossover in effort, resource, funding from Government, charity and private sector and yet we still don’t have a central resource point where approved/accredited national providers are in one place.
The previous digital skills site is now GoON Local and is hugely skills biased and again very regional which is good for skills but not for hardware and access which helps complete the digital inclusion journey
Everyone has the same objective lets make this a more cohesive journey without all these replicated silos up and down the UK
We at happus, point people to skills providers daily, and thats the UKOnline Centres, libraries, charities, banks and Housing providers where we know there is provision for skills, we need to complete this with those referrals going back to hardware and access providers that understand this sector
Am i banging the happus drum? of course I am why wouldn’t I?
I have been a part of this since RaceOnline2012, back in 2010, and I have shipped in excess of 100,000 PC’s, we have helped sign up 1000’s of people to broadband and I want to do more, so we can give more back, but more importantly get the 1 in 6 people in the UK truly online
I want to make a difference, I want us to be more joined up with the journey, I want us to not have to discuss digital inclusion because it means we have delivered as a collective and everyone in the UK is a Digital Citizen and part of our social online world
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