Older people risk being left behind in the race to digital services

10th March, 2014 by julia

New figures* show that older people are at risk of being left behind in the rapid move to online services.

With the introduction of Universal Credit, 80% of all benefit applications are expected to be online after 2017. Yet 6.7 million adults in the UK have never used the internet – 5.8 million of them aged 55 and over.

They are missing out on huge social as well as economic benefits – it’s been estimated that households save on average £560 a year by being online.

Social care providers urged to help their clients Spring Online

26th February, 2014 by julia

Social care providers across the UK are urged to help their clients get online in one of the biggest digital inclusion campaigns of the year, Spring Online in association with Carphone Warehouse.

Seven million people in the UK have never used the internet – six million of them aged over 55. Millions more don’t have basic online skills such as sending emails or searching the web.

Now Digital Unite, one of the main providers of digital skills learning, wants care providers across the UK to organise digital taster events as part of Spring Online from 31 March – 4 April.

Older and wiser? Use your skills to help others get online

12th February, 2014 by julia

Seven million people in the UK have never used the internet – and six million of them are aged over 55. Millions more don’t have basic online skills such as sending emails or searching the web.

If you go online regularly, you’ll know they are missing out on a huge range of benefits – from shopping and paying bills to keeping in touch with family and friends and saving money. It’s been estimated that households save on average £560* a year by being online.