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Addressing the digital divide across Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Digital Blueprint sets out the vision for Greater Manchester to be a world-class leading digital city-region, centred around a focus on empowering businesses and  people in the region. 

Cllr Sean Fielding, GMCA Lead for Employment, Skills and Digital said: "I’m proud to announce our intention that Greater Manchester be a 100% digitally enabled city-region, a region that puts people at the heart of our plans. Access to the digital world should be a basic human right, everyone in Greater Manchester whatever their age, location, or situation, should be able to benefit from the opportunities digital brings." 

Covid-19 has illustrated that digital inclusion should now be considered a human right and connectivity as a basic utility.  A report produced by The Good Things Foundation and Liverpool University in 2020 suggests that levels of digital exclusion is much worse than previously thought. As many as 1.2m residents in Greater Manchester could be excluded in some way to access the benefits digital brings.

In October 2020 the Digital Inclusion Agenda for Change for Greater Manchester was launched, with a bold ambition to make Greater Manchester a 100% digitally-enabled city region. To deliver the ambition to become a 100% digitally-enabled city region, the Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Taskforce was set up in December 2020.

The Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Taskforce

The Digital Inclusion Taskforce brings together industry, VCSC sector, public sector partners, local government, schools and health to fix the digital divide across Greater Manchester.

The Taskforce will focus and shape an action plan to address the interrelated barriers to digital inclusion and the digital divide such as connectivity, accessibility, affordability, skills, motivation and confidence.

Join our Digital Inclusion Taskforce

Join our commitment to drive a 100% digitally-enabled city-region, express your interest by completing this form and we'll be in touch.

Express your interest (form - external website)

 

Below, you'll also find some of the ways Greater Manchester is addressing the digital divide, including digital inclusion support in each local authority area, as well as news and updates as we progress on our mission to become a 100% digitally enabled city region.

Digital Inclusion - Agenda for Change

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The Greater Manchester Tech Fund

The Tech Fund provides schools and colleges with the technology needed to learn in an home setting

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Local Authority Digital Inclusion Support

Residents can access support from their council to help them get online and develop digital skills

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BLOG: Innovation to transform lives

How an innovative new initiative could transform the lives of SEND students and has started to close the digital skills gap.

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BLOG: Tackling digital exclusion in Wigan

The Digital Wigan team is part of Wigan Council, the team works closely with Wigan Borough’s community to support residents to develop essential digital skills.

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BLOG: How CodeYourFuture are changing lives through coding

CodeYourFuture is a non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting inequality...

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BLOG: Go Digital inspiring young people

How the Go Digital programme has been inspiring young people In Greater Manchester to consider careers in the digital sector.

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Greater Manchester Digital Inclusion Taskforce

The GM Digital Inclusion Taskforce was set up to fix the digital divide across our city-region

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