**NEWS: Immediate Release**
NPC summit calls for free broadband to end digital poverty and isolation among older people
The National Pensioners’ Convention wants government action to provide free and safe access to broadband and computer training for all over 75s.
The NPC believes it is a ‘human right’ to be digitally connected in today’s world, and that just like the free bus pass, free broadband for older people should be a universal entitlement.
The UK’s largest campaign group for seniors heard evidence of growing digital exclusion and poverty from speakers at the NPC ‘Connections For All’ webinar on Dignity Action Day (1st February).
Figures from the Good Things Foundation* charity, who took part, show that 77% of over 70s have low digital engagement, while 51% of people aged 75+ do not use the internet at all, through lack of access, skills, or confidence.
Webinar speakers discussed the obstacles to digital inclusion for older age groups, as well as the need to offer choice and alternatives to digital solutions for those who cannot, or simply do not want to go online. They also agreed fears over online fraud was a substantial issue and that broadband providers, search platforms and social media firms needed to do more to monitor and regulate the activity of scammers.
NPC General Secretary Jan Shortt, who cha