Press Release: New Figures Reveal Digital Exclusion Double-Whammy

New figures reveal a crisis of public computers cuts across the South East. 624 computers have been lost from libraries in the South East since 2010, and 57 Job Centre computers have been cut in Southern England since 2014.

This is a digital exclusion double-whammy that punishes the poorest in our society,
especially as Universal Credit applications are moved online.

One in five unemployed people do not have access to the internet. This comes following recent Lloyds Bank research showing that 5% of the population of the South East have zero digital skills.

Crawley Borough Council Leader Peter Lamb said:

“Public library and Jobcentre closures are causing a crisis of cuts to public
computers. This is a digital exclusion double-whammy.

“One in five people out of work don’t have access to the internet, and under this Tory Government there are fewer and fewer places for them to turn.

“For people who need to fill in Universal Credit or job applications, access to a
computer is essential. Computer cuts are yet another example of the vicious cycle of
Tory austerity.”

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