A Roadmap for Combined Authorities
We're working with Capita to kickstart new conversations at a regional level - and inspire senior leaders to set ambitious strategies to Fix The Digital Divide.
We have an opportunity, right now, to be truly ambitious when it comes to having a national plan to Fix The Digital Divide.
Combined Authorities – with their unique role and reach – can help stop the digital divide widening and deepening.
The Roadmap provides practical ideas for those charged with developing digital inclusion strategies. It sets out the case for action by Combined Authorities in England – inspired by what’s been happening in the West Midlands and in Greater Manchester, under the Mayoral leadership of Andy Street and Andy Burnham.
It builds on the actions of many hundreds of digital inclusion champions across the UK – in communities, local authorities, libraries, charities and corporates – over many years.
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Why is the Roadmap important?
At least 1.5 million households lack internet access at home (Ofcom)
14.9 million people have very low levels of digital engagement (Lloyds CDI 2021)
9 million people still lack foundation-level digital skills (Lloyds CDI 2020)