Unveiling the urgent need to eradicate Digital Poverty and its profound impact


Written by Ellie Crouch, Head of Digital, Digital Poverty Alliance

In our tech-driven world, where connectivity is often taken for granted, the persistence of digital poverty casts a shadow on progress and equality. The concept of digital poverty highlights the stark divide between those who have access to digital resources, support and opportunities, and those who are left behind due to lack of motivation, limited connectivity, digital literacy, and access to devices.

“End Digital Poverty Day” is a nationwide initiative dedicated to shedding light on the importance of ending digital poverty for good.

Digital poverty is not just about lacking the latest gadgets; it’s about lacking access to essential tools that are fundamental in today’s world. As we commemorate “End Digital Poverty Day,” it’s vital to recognise that millions of individuals in the UK still lack the means to access basic online services. The absence of digital access perpetuates inequality and stifles potential.


Why we need “End Digital Poverty Day”

Education Equity: Digital poverty amplifies educational disparities. Students without internet access struggle to keep up with online learning, limiting their opportunities. “End Digital Poverty Day” underscores the urgency of providing equitable education opportunities for all.

Employment Opportunities: Job seekers without digital skills, devices or connectivity face immense challenges in a digitally-driven job market. Focusing on ending digital poverty opens doors to economic empowerment and inclusive job opportunities.

Healthcare Access: The digital realm is increasingly crucial for healthcare information and services. Without digital access, individuals miss vital health resources and telehealth services.

Social Inclusion: The internet fosters social connections, and digital exclusion can lead to isolation. “End Digital Poverty Day” aims to re-connect individuals and create a more inclusive society.

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So, why does ending digital poverty matter?

Empowering Marginalised Communities: Ending digital poverty is essential to empower marginalised communities. It ensures that no one is left behind due to lack of access to essential resources.

Fostering Equal Opportunities: Equal access to digital resources levels the playing field, empowering individuals to learn, work, and communicate, regardless of their socio-economic background.

Driving Socio-Economic Growth: Addressing digital poverty fuels socio-economic growth. A digitally empowered population contributes to innovation, productivity, and overall development.

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What can you do?

Closing the digital divide is essential to create a fairer society, and it has enormous implications for healthcare, the economy, social inclusion and the well-being of individuals and communities. There are few more meaningful and practicable measures than providing equitable, empowering, and supportive digital access to release the entrepreneurial, creative, and productive energies of people across the UK.

Overall, the UK has a very strong foundation to build upon when it comes to our collective digital inclusion infrastructure. What is needed, however, is greater political leadership and investment to ensure that solutions can be scaled and sustained over the long-term. Our National Delivery Plan focuses on six areas where action is needed to end digital poverty by 2030:

  1. Increase awareness across society about the need for sustainable and strategic action to end digital poverty.
  2. Ensure affordable connectivity and guarantee full digital access for those in need.
  3. Improve standards of accessibility, safety, and inclusiveness across al digital products and services.
  4. By 2030, significantly reduce the proportion of individuals without essential digital skills and ensure the sustainability, and expansion, of these skills in response to changing technologies and needs.
  5. Enhance knowledge and understanding of digital poverty among all stakeholders, including citizens, governments, and the public and private sectors, through the development and utilisation of research.
  6. Increase local capacity to provide joined-up digital inclusion support to individuals and communities.

“End Digital Poverty Day” encapsulates the collective call to action to eradicate the disparity hindering progress and equality. By understanding the significance of digital poverty and its implications, we can work towards a world where everyone thrives in the digital age. Let’s come together to create a future where digital access is a fundamental right, not a privilege.

Get involved with End Digital Poverty Day – spread the message, support our mission, and be the change.

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