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Digital Divide - Calls for VAT cut for low cost broadband
This is an inequality issue - with a House of Lords Committee suggesting that digital exclusion is a major problem and that the government should try to do something to close this gap, not least because 90% of jobs are now only advertised online.
The policy that the recommend is in cutting VAT on low-cost broadband, and in trying to encourage those eligible for so-called social tariffs to use them. According to the article only 5% of the 4.3 million people eligible use them.
The number of households with no broadband or mobile internet access in 2021 was 1.7 million.
The number of adults unable to complete a single basic task to get online, such as opening an internet browser or using a mouse is 2.4 million.
Of course, such a move would also enhance the nation's productive capacity too, boosting the supply-side.