Age UK petition calls for the keeping of offline routes to everyday services - The Leamington Observer

Age UK petition calls for the keeping of offline routes to everyday services

A PETITION calling for everyday services to remain accessible to older people without the internet has attracted tens of thousands of signatures.

There is a rapid increase in public services moving towards a completely digital landscape, which makes it progressively difficult or impossible for those without internet or limited knowledge of how to use it.

This includes booking a GP appointment and applications for Blue Badges.

A total of 4.7million older people don’t have the basic skills needed to use the internet successfully and as a result, Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire is campaigning for the protection of offline routes to these everyday services.

Chief executive Michael Garrett said: “Our clients spend days trying to understand what to do, downloading forms and uploading images for applications. Clients should not have to rely on family members, friends, or charities in order to apply for their legal entitlements and many are deprived due to a lack of support or knowledge.”

But Age UK also recognise upskilling is important and provide digital inclusion services to enable older people to embrace digital skills later in life.

Digital inclusion classes are held regularly at the Gilbert Richards Centre in Earlsdon, Coventry, to support those getting to grips with their devices.

The Age UK petition has attracted some 63,000 signatures and counting.

To sign it visit

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