589 computers have been lost from libraries in the North West since 2010, and 58 Jobcentre computers have been cut in the North West since 2014.  

This is a digital exclusion double-whammy that punishes the poorest in our society, especially as Universal Credit applications are moved online.  

One in five unemployed people do not have access to the internet.   

This comes following recent Lloyds Bank research showing that 10% of the population of the North West have zero digital skills.   

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: 
“Public library and Jobcentre closures are causing a crisis of cuts to public computers. This is a digital exclusion double-whammy.  

“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 essential. Computer cuts are yet another example of the vicious cycle of Tory austerity.”  

 

Region  Jobcentre computers in 2014  Jobcentre computers in 2019  Jobcentre computers cuts since 2014 
Southern  1101  1044  57 
London and Home Counties  1794  1723  71 
Central   1553  1462  91 
North West  1050  992  58 
North East  1263  1188  75 

 

Region  Library computers in 2010  Library computers in 2018  Library computers cut since 2010  % of population with zero digital skills in 2018 
South East  4460  3836  624  5 
London  6055  5854  201  6 
Eastern   3316  3108  208  8 
East Midlands  2668  2080  588  9 
North East  2253  1826  427  12 
North West  5442  4853  589  10 
South West  3128  2633  495  9 
West Midlands  3586  3468  100  9 
Yorkshire and Humberside  3820  3291  529  6 

 Library computer numbers, source: House of Commons Library (full data below)   

Jobcentre computer numbers, source: Written Parliamentary Question https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-02-14/221633/   

Zero Digital Skills data, source: Lloyds Bank, https://www.lloydsbank.com/assets/media/pdfs/banking_with_us/whats-happening/LB-Consumer-Digital-Index-2018Report.pdf  

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