Digital exclusion levels 'linked to deprivation'

Written by Colin Marrs on 19 October 2015 in News

The worst digital exclusion is likely to be found in rural council areas in Scotland and Wales, according to a new heatmap breaking down levels by local authority.

Digital inclusion charity Go On has released the map with support from the Local Government Association and London School of Economics and Political Science, supported by the BBC.

It shows that no council in England falls within the category indicating the highest likelihood of exclusion, with six across Wales and Scotland.

Councils suffering from the highest likelihood are Conwy, Anglesey, Pembrokshire and Rhondda, Cynon Taff in Wales, plus Dumfries and Galloway and Highland in Scotland.

Related content

GDS trials digital inclusion framework
Sophos State of the Nation: An inside view of current IT security policy and future changes in local government and police

The research found that the highest levels of basic digital skills are found in Greater London (84%), while Scotland and East Anglia both scored 81%.

The lowest are in Wales, where only 62% of adults have the five basic digital skills. Internet access is also the lowest in Wales.

Eight different metrics were used to calculate the overall likelihood of exclusion. Four of these are digital metrics (infrastructure, access, basic digital skills and basic digital skills used), which have been aggregated to provide a combined digital indicator.

Four are social metrics (age, education, income and health), which were aggregated to create a combined social indicator.

Ellen Helsper, associate professor at the LSE, who developed the methodology behind the map, said the results clearly demonstrate that social and digital exclusion are closely related, with the lack of basic digital skills and access in already disadvantaged areas likely to lead to an increase in inequality of opportunity around the UK.

Share this page



Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Windrush scandal fallout sees Home Office suspend data-sharing activities
13 July 2018

Department to take three-month break from ‘proactive data sharing’ with other government agencies, as well as restricting data shared with financial institutions

Why GDS is still losing the ‘parlour game’ of government
12 July 2018

Martha Lane Fox and Mike Bracken, two of the key figures in the creation of GDS, believe the organisation remains stymied by major barriers in both the civil service and parliament...

Related Sponsored Articles

Don’t Gamble with your password resets!
20 June 2018

The cautionary tale of the Leicestershire teenager who hacked high-ranking officials of NATO allies shows the need for improved password security