Unplugged: Exposing the UK’s Digital Inequality and the hidden burden of poverty premiums
In this eye-opening episode, we delve deep into a pressing issue that affects millions across the United Kingdom. Join us as we shine a spotlight on the stark reality of digital exclusion in the UK and its devastating impact on low-income households.
Our groundbreaking report, aptly titled ‘Left Out,’ reveals shocking statistics: a staggering 11 percent of the 28 million UK households lack access to home internet, a number almost double the official estimate by Ofcom. This digital divide disproportionately affects vulnerable groups, including the elderly and those living on limited incomes.
We’ll explore the real-life stories of individuals and families grappling with the repercussions of this divide, from the added expenses of daily life to the challenges of accessing vital services and opportunities online. Through expert interviews and firsthand accounts, we’ll shed light on the cost-of-living crisis that these households face and the urgent need for solutions.
Join us in this important conversation as we uncover the hidden side of the digital age and discuss potential strategies to bridge the gap and ensure that no one is ‘Left Out’ in our increasingly digital world.
- Matthew Greenwood- Head of Debt Unit at CSJ (Host)
- David Duffy – CEO of Virgin Money
- Helen Milner OBE- Group Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation
- Paul Maynard MP – the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys
- Tom Ahern – Senior Researcher in the Debt Unit at CSJ