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UK Government plans on digital future

The UK Government have announced new plans to make training in basic digital skills free for adults who lack the relevant qualifications.

The proposals, to be included in an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, will mean publicly-funded basic digital skills training being offered free of charge to adults in England who need it. This is part of the Government’s ambition for the UK to be one of the most digitally-skilled nations in the world.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said:

“In today’s digital economy, being able to use modern technology and navigate the Internet should be considered as important as English and Maths. But too many people struggle to get by, with more than ten million adults in England lacking the basic digital skills they need.”

“We will make sure all adults who need it can receive free training in digital skills to equip them for the modern world.”

Despite daily internet usage increasing amongst adults, ONS reported an estimated 5.3 million people in the UK have never used the Internet.

In a recent report by Ipsos Mori/Go ON UK, which looks at the level of digital capability across the UK, found that more than 10 million adults in England lack basic digital skills.

The Government will consult on the details of this new offer in the coming months. For further information please visit GOV.UK website.

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