250 ORGANISATIONS NOW HELPING WALES GET ONLINE

250 ORGANISATIONS NOW HELPING WALES GET ONLINE

Digital Communities Wales has announced that GoCompare is the 250th organisation to sign the Digital Inclusion Charter, pledging to help the people of Wales get online.

Figures from the 2016/17 National Survey for Wales show that 15% of adults in Wales are not online.

Developed by Digital Communities Wales, the Digital Inclusion Charter aims to promote basic digital skills through asking organisations to sign up to six pledges including giving all staff and volunteers the opportunity to learn digital skills, sharing best practice tips and building local partnerships in their area.

The Digital Inclusion Charter is a simple way for organisations to show how they are actively helping digitally excluded people enjoy the benefits of the internet, particularly older people or those living with disabilities, unemployed people, social housing tenants and families living in poverty.

The Charter has been developed by Digital Communities Wales, a Welsh Government project helping people to access and use the internet, which is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

GoCompare joins a host of other organisations which have signed the Charter, including BT Wales, Welsh Water, 12 local authorities, housing associations, national charities and regional support organisations.

These Charter signatories are now addressing digital exclusion in the communities where they operate.

Matthew Crummack, CEO of GoCompare said: “We’re delighted to be involved with the Digital Communities Wales scheme.

“Digital inclusion is a hugely important issue throughout Wales and as one of the country’s biggest tech brands, we’re proud to support the initiative and help our community get online.

“We live in a world where people increasingly deal with their finances online. Whether it’s managing their current account, energy bills or even buying their insurance, the vast majority of people interact with their money through the internet.”

While this has empowered millions and allows them to compare quickly and easily, there is a danger that those who aren’t online may be left out of pocket and stuck on poor deals.

This is especially true when you consider that local bank branches are becoming an endangered species and many of the best deals require online account management.

Matt Lloyd, Project Manager at Digital Communities Wales, said: “We are delighted that GoCompare has signed up to the Digital Inclusion Charter and started to embed digital inclusion into its day-to-day activities.

“Being online can open doors to many opportunities – finding work, saving money, learning new skills and supporting a healthy lifestyle.

“I encourage other organisations in Wales, whether they are local authorities, libraries, schools, charities or businesses, to commit to the Charter so together we can do even more to support digital inclusion activities across Wales.”