Bringing the internet to the heart of the community
An estimated 16 million people in the UK don’t have the basic online skills to benefit fully from the internet, with the UK missing out on huge social and economic benefits.
These are the findings of new research launched by Go ON UK on 8 November 2012. The research found that the UK economy could have been £63 billion better off if the nation had achieved global digital leadership but there is still huge multi-bullion pound potential to be unlocked by addressing the digital awareness and skills gap and investing in our digital infrastructure and services.
Adding to the economic potential, the report also showed there are huge social benefits, including: education, connecting older people and isolated people with their communities, helping people back to work and better health outcomes and social services which can be achieved if everyone has basic online skills.
As a result of the research, Go ON UK founder partners, Post Office, Age UK, BBC, the Big Lottery Fund, EE., E.ON, Lloyds Banking Group and TalkTalk have signed up to a Digital Skills Charter. Our retail network of over 11.800 branches, the largest in the UK, means Post Office operates at the heart of virtually every community so we can play a vital role in helping reach these people and this is one of the reasons why Post Office is a founder partner of Go ON UK.
Post Office and the Digital Skills Charter
Go ON UK founder partners are rolling out their own digital skill commitments in their own organisations. The commitments fall into three areas, click here to find out what it means for us at the Post Office.
Prime Minister David Cameron supports what the founder partners are doing and said: "I warmly welcome this important initiative to help equip the UK with the digital skills that the country needs. It's fantastic that so many leading companies and organisations have come together to help drive this agenda, and I salute all the hard work and creativity that has gone into making this project a reality. It's so important that the UK takes full advantage of the economic and social potential of the digital age, and I am determined to make sure that my Government plays its part in promoting digital literacy throughout the country."
We’re proud to be a partner of Go ON Gold a project to help people with disabilities participate fully in today's digital society. To find out more visit http://www.go-on-gold.co.uk/