LCG Events - Digitally Inclusive

A Nation of Digital Have's and Have-not's

The Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2020 report illustrates, while much of the nation has pivoted their work and lives online, for a large proportion of the UK, this is infeasible. 

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Under lockdown, most have used the internet more than ever before. However for those who cannot afford to purchase the latest kit and also pay for the wifi necessary to connect the devices, the digital divide feels wider than ever.
Events in 2020 have served to illustrate the stark digital divide in the UK, with 1.9 million households having no access to the internet and tens of millions more reliant on pay-as-you-go services to make phone calls or access healthcare, education and a benefits system, Universal Credit, that demands online access. The BBC notes that only 47 per cent of people on a low income have broadband internet at home. 

Frontline community groups and charities are warning that the digital exclusion of some of the UK’s poorest and most vulnerable households and communities is having a devastating effect across the country.

The government has recently launched a range of initiatives to try to tackle digital exclusion.
These include pledges to provide some disadvantaged teenagers with laptops and a new campaign, Devicesdotnow, that asks businesses to donate devices, sims and mobile hotspots.
Social inclusion and digital inclusion should be brought together
Poverty and financial exclusion are not the same; they overlap. Digital exclusion makes both worse. Here are just 5 ways that poverty, financial and digital exclusion conspire to hold people back:

  1. When you can’t afford the costs of getting online, or staying connected
  2. When you lack the skills to feel safe online, especially when it comes to money
  3. When you pay more for pretty much everything, missing out on money-saving deals
  4. When you face barriers to essential state support, from benefits to HMRC relief
  5. When you’re locked out of free online specialist help for money and debt problems
LCG fixed console unit - Stanley Sports Hub,

The Stanley Sports Hub is a state of the art £2m community facility developed and operated by Accrington Stanley Community Trust.
The Sports Hub provides fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities for many grassroots clubs, sports groups and local organisations as well as being the home of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, an award winning Charity.
The "Digital Motivation: Exploring the reasons people are offline" report (2019) demonstrates the powerful link between digital exclusion and different dimensions of social exclusion.
Digital inclusion supports better social outcomes by helping people increase their confidence, self-efficacy and resilience. Equally, digital inclusion works best when it recognises and reflects individual needs, and helps people achieve outcomes that are relevant to their lives.
LCG are committed to considering, absorbing, and reflecting the real-world experiences and events that surround us in 2020.
All events will follow Government guidelines and the health and safety of staff and participants is our highest priority.
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