Digital poverty in the UK
by Dr Becky Faith, Kevin Hernandez and James Beecher
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Against the backdrop of the UK’s biggest cost of living increase in decades, this report explores experiences and drivers of digital poverty in the UK, looking in particular at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It shows the importance of a dual conception of digital poverty: both as the challenges people face affording connectivity and devices, and the way that a lack of devices and connectivity can make other aspects of life more expensive – the vicious circle of digital poverty. It also argues that new national and regional approaches and funding to tackle digital poverty and the broader issue of digital inclusion, are urgently needed.