‘Poorest being punished’ by public computer cuts

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin says the ‘poorest in our society are being punished’ after new figures revealed hundreds of public computers have been cut across Yorkshire and Humberside.

Over five hundred public computers have disappeared from libraries across the region since 2010, while over 2,000 computers have been cut across the north since 2014.

As Universal Credit applications move online this digital exclusion across public institutions is having a disproportionate impact on those with the least in society.

It comes after recent Lloyds Bank research showing that six per cent of the population of Yorkshire and Humber have zero digital skills.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “This is yet another example of Tory cuts punishing the poorest in our society.

“One in five people out of work don’t have access to the internet, and under this Tory Government there are fewer and fewer places for them to turn.

“For people who need to fill in Universal Credit or job applications, access to a computer is absolutely essential.

“We should be ensuring everyone has access to a computer rather than stripping away reasons for people to enjoy our wonderful public libraries and all they have to offer.”

Nationwide, over 4,000 computers have been lost from public libraries and job centres through Tory austerity.

 

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