UK poverty: Causes, costs and solutions

09 October 2016

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report looking at how to solve UK poverty, which echoes many of the Panel’s statements in regard to digital participation. It maintains that though accessing the internet is problematic for a small proportion of people in poverty, the digital skills shortage is a major problem. It also reinforces our research, Bridging the Gap (PDF 4.6MB, opens in a new window), in finding that a lack of interest in being online by some members of society is a major issue and that a digital by default society must address the fact that the majority of people aged over 75 do not use the internet.

The Foundation argue that basic digital skills should be regarded as a core capability alongside literacy and numeracy, and calls for basic digital skills to be included as part of the basic skills programme – with a target set to meet all basic skills needs by 2030.

Many more ideas and recommendations are contained in the report, which can be found here.

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