Digital Poverty in the UK: A socio-economic assessment of the implications of digital poverty in the UK.

Date published:

02/10/2023

Authors:

Deloitte

Key takeaways:

The report provides new estimates of the number of people that are impacted by digital poverty. By adopting a truly inclusive definition, the research finds that the problem is far more pervasive than often assumed. Millions of people are impacted by digital poverty: Approximately 13-19 million people over the age of 16 are experiencing some form of digital poverty. Digital Poverty is strongly associated with age. The research estimates that 1 in 2 older adults are in digital poverty, and 1 in 5 are in severe digital poverty. However, it is not just older adults who are impacted. Approximately 20% of children are in digital poverty. People who are unemployed are estimated to be 2-3 times more likely to be in digital poverty. But the report finds that billions of pounds in benefits can be unlocked by government, individuals, and business if digital poverty is ended. Ending digital poverty creates massive benefits: Approximately £17 billion increase in yearly earnings due to 6 million people gaining essential digital skills for work. An estimated increase of £4-6 billion a year due to 7-9 million people being able to manage their finances better due to digital access. Almost £1 billion is estimated in government efficiency savings. However, the benefits to society are not only economic; the research estimates that improved digital access along with improved health literacy could reduce mortality among the over 65’s and lead to an estimated 18-24k lives saved per year.

Methodology and Methods:

Survey, Analysis of other data

Case study:

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