The Cabinet Office will today (14 April 2014) launch a Digital Inclusion Strategy and Digital Inclusion Charter to work toward reducing the number of people offline. LocalGov Digital is pleased to be one of the partner organisations supporting the Charter.
Alongside other partners inclusing Asda, The Tinder Foundation, GoON, EE and digitalskills.com, LocalGov Digital will seek to expand our role in tackling digital exclusion.
The Charter includes 40 organisations who together are committed to reducing the number of people offline by 25% by 2016 and a further 25% by 2018. That’s an extra 2.7million people online in the next two years.
Carl Haggerty, Digital Communications Manager at Devon County Council and Chair of the LocalGov Digital steering group said: “I’m incredibly pleased that LocalGov Digital is one of the partner organisations in the Digital Inclusion Charter.
“The digital divide is still very present in the UK and from a local government perspective impacts on services, democracy and workforce. As councils change shape over the next few years it will become increasingly important to address the divide and reduce exclusion to make sure we are serving all residents, particularly the most vulnerable, while delivering efficiency and value for money.
“I look forward to supporting the charter alongside the other partners, and in doing our bit to work toward greater digital inclusion.”
You can find out more about the Cabinet Office’s Digital Inclusion Strategy and the Digital Inclusion Charter here.