10 May 2018
A new Digital Consumer Index published by Lloyds Bank found that disabled people are four times more likely to be offline than non-disabled people.
James Taylor, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope, said:
“These findings show disabled people risk being frozen out of our economy as it becomes increasingly digital.
“This digital divide is fuelled by issues such as lack of opportunities for training, and websites and products designed without disabled people in mind.
“Digital skills are crucial for surviving in today’s digital world. Having access to technology can transform disabled people’s lives, helping them to get into work, find the best deals, plan journeys and socialise.
“Businesses need to ensure products are accessible to disabled customers, whose annual spending power is £250billion. Employers also must ensure they are not putting digital barriers in the way of disabled talent.”