The strategy aims to get 2.7 million more people online in the next 2 years in the U.K. It notes that the Internet has transformed almost every aspect of public, private and work life, changing the way every workplace communicates. Internet is reshaping government through simpler, clearer, faster public services. However, BBC research found that 21% of people in the U.K. lack the basic digital skills needed to benefit from the Internet. Lloyds Bank revealed last month, in its UK Business Digital Index, that half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and voluntary and community social enterprise organizations (VCSEs) do not have a website.
As part of the Strategy, a new UK Digital Inclusion Charter has also been published. This charter brings together 40 organizations from all sectors who are committed to reducing the number of people who are offline by 25% by 2016, and a further 25% every 2 years after that in the United Kingdom.