Access to data and devices is an issue many Big Local have been forced to tackle and Local Trust are working to signpost to services that support partnerships to get their communities online.
A recurring issue for many people living in Big Local areas is the lack of access to data or wi-fi – it can be slow, there is no signal, and just unaffordable. Not having access to a device is also a huge barrier to entry for many digitally excluded.
Many Big Local areas have been addressing the issue since the outbreak of COVID-19, through purchasing data and distributing or buying tablets for those without. This is an excellent short term solution, but sustainable solutions – especially around data or wifi – are needed as services become increasingly ‘digital by default’.