Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Extra 8,000 to Get Online in Drive for 'Digital City'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Extra 8,000 to Get Online in Drive for 'Digital City'

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ghgh gh ghgh gh ghgh ghghgh gh THOUSANDS of vulnerable and digitally-excluded residents will be getting online in the next two years under town hall plans to make Salford a 'digital city.' Council chiefs want to get 8,000 more people online by 2020 under its 'Digital You' plan, arguing that digital exclusion can lead people to feel more socially isolated.

A report that went before an overview and scrutiny board meeting showed that around 13 per cent of Salford's residents - or 25,000 people - need help getting online.

And it argues that people who lack these skills lose out financially, as digitally-savvy individuals can save on average around £700 per year by shopping online and accessing cheaper deals.

It also points out that Universal Credit applications have to be completed online, too.

"People who cannot get online, for whatever reason, are missing out on opportunities that could really improve their lives. …

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