Data poverty and devices
2 million households in the UK struggle to afford their internet bills (Ofcom, 2021).
1 in 6 broadband customers – people who are already online – struggled to pay their bill between March 2020 and January 2021 (Citizens Advice, 2021).
61% of adults agree that internet access should be recognised as an essential utility (Ipsos Mori for Good Things Foundation, 2020).
They’re cut off from loved ones. They’re locked out of vital services like online food shopping and banking. Many can’t get access to vital government information meaning physical safety is a concern too.
We can’t assume people with the internet and an old device know how to use them. Even when people have access to these things, they may not have the skills to enable them to access vital services and support. For example, downloading an app to have a GP consultation or to speak to their loved ones.
Our ambition is to get 100,000 of the most vulnerable people online.
We urgently need companies to donate emergency funding to purchase devices like smartphones and tablets, or connectivity through SIM cards and dongles.Find out how you can support
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