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Superfast Lancashire pledge to give Preston and county digital skills

Posted on - 5th October, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, News

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Preston businesses are among those working with Lancashire County Council to get more people online.

More than 60 delegates met at County Hall on Tuesday for the launch of Go On UK.

The digital skills campaign aims to help the 120,000 people in Lancashire who have never been online get plugged in.

The county council also wants to see the basic online skills of those in Preston and the county improved.

Leader of the county council, Jennifer Mein, said: “There are 120,000 adults in Lancashire who have never been online and are missing out on vital services and opportunities. We are committed to helping these people develop their digital skills.

“Through the Superfast Lancashire programme we are making sure that as many people as possible will have access to a fast internet connection and through Go ON Lancashire we will work with partners to ensure that people have the skills to benefit from that access.”

Sarah Bridges, programmes and partnership director at Go ON UK, said: “I was delighted to be able to support this launch and share our experiences of helping boost the basic online skills of citizens across the country, particularly those from our Go ON North West programme.

“Having basic online skills is increasingly important in every aspect of our lives, from job opportunities and education, to accessing services and entertainment. We are committed to working with partner organisations to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from those skills.”

Do you know anyone who isn’t online or doesn’t have a mobile phone? Let us know in the comments below

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