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10% of UK's homes have no internet

By Scott D'Arcy

One in 10 households in Britain has no access to the internet, it has emerged.

And nearly three in 10 people aged 65 and older say they have never used a computer, according to a survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS Internet Access - Households and Individuals 2017 report also showed a huge gap in the use of social media between young people and the older generation.

Some 90% of British households have an internet connection, up from 61% a decade ago and 80% in 2012.

One in five (20%) of those who do not have internet access said they felt they did not have the skills to use it, while nearly two-thirds (64%) felt it was unnecessary because it was not useful or interesting.

But 8% said they felt the costs of getting online were too high.

The Government's digital strategy, announced in March, intends to help adults who lack core online skills, and there have been persistent calls to improve broadband access for rural communities.

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