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Digital Technology: Disadvantaged People

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is considering to facilitate access to digital technologies for disadvantaged groups and individuals; and if he will make a statement. (248878)

The UK Government recently launched their cross-government paper “Delivering Digital Inclusion - An Action Plan for Consultation” which details more than 70 Government actions taking place to advance digital inclusion and future actions being considered by Government to facilitate access to digital technologies for disadvantaged groups and individuals in the annex of the report. The consultation was launched on the 27 October 2008 and finished on the 19 January 2009.

There are significant and untapped opportunities to use technology better on behalf of citizens and communities. These include improved service planning, design and delivery, particularly to address the needs of disadvantaged groups and individuals.

The paper highlights and brings together the activities already happening within the UK to improve access to technology and provide support and training to use information and communication technology (ICT) in order to enhance educational, employment and social outcomes for disadvantaged groups and individuals.

The consultation sought views on both the analysis set out in the consultation paper and on proposals for a new Digital Inclusion Champion supported by an expert taskforce and a research team. Consultation responses are currently being analysed and will be used to inform future work to drive forward digital inclusion across all sectors.

“Delivering Digital Inclusion - An Action Plan for Consultation” is available at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/deliveringdigitalinclusion