30 UK organisations join National Delivery Committee to end digital poverty
Ofcom, techUK, Currys, UK Finance, and around 30 other UK-based organisations have formed a committee aiming to help end digital poverty in the UK by 2030.
The National Delivery Committee (NDC), as launched by member organisation the Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA), aims to provide guidance and counsel on the DPA’s actions towards the 2030 goal.
With around 30 organisations, the committee will also grant observer status to national government representatives as well.
Elizabeth Anderson, Interim CEO at DPA commented: “[The NDC] brings together key organisations who will take actionable steps towards providing the nation with equal access to both digital resources, connectivity and skill, supporting the 11 million people who currently experience digital exclusion.”
“Lacking digital access can affect an individual’s ability to participate in everyday life, from education through to the workplace, all the way into retirement age,” she added.
As the digital economy develops, more resources and services will become accessible online – however, not everyone will be able to receive these services if they do not have the means to afford a computer and connectivity.
In May this year, the DPA first called on government and industry alike to help end digital poverty with initiatives such as ensuring that anyone at risk of digital exclusion can access devices, connectivity, and support.
“The benefits of this will be felt by all as individuals are offered more opportunities and businesses are presented with more skilled individuals, which will ultimately drive economic growth,” concluded Anderson.
The committee will host meetings six times a year to discuss any progress or lack of toward achieving their shared goals.
Corporate memberships are also available for any organisation keen to support the mission and attend quarterly meetings with the NDC.
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