Labour Party Conference: Levelling up Living Standards – how do we bridge the digital divide?

5:00pm - 6:30pm / Monday 9th October 2023
Type: Conference / Category: Public
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In partnership with the N8 and the RSA, the University of Liverpool is pleased to host a panel discussion at the Labour Party Conference.

Venue: Labour Party Conference Fringe, Grace Suite 1, Hilton Hotel, Liverpool

Chair: Jennifer Williams, Northern England Correspondent, Financial Times
Panel: Professor Simeon Yates, University of Liverpool, Dr Emma Stone, Good Things Foundation; Beena Puri, Greater Manchester Combined Authority; Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region; Hafsha Shaikh, Smartlyte Limited; Dana Haidan, Virgin Media O2; Toby Perkins MP; Jocelle Lovell, Welsh Government and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester (invited)

In the UK around 10 million people lack the most basic digital skills, such as opening an internet browser or using a mouse. The digital divide is widening, exacerbated by the pandemic and the cost of living crisis. Failure to make this a Government priority could mean that by 2030 a significant number of the UK workforce will be acutely underskilled, with serious consequences for our society, our economy and our health and wellbeing.

In a recent survey conducted by the Good Things Foundation, three quarters of the UK population support Government investment in fixing the digital divide. Three in every four people have shown that this is an issue that matters to them. People who are digitally excluded lack a voice and visibility in the modern world, as government services and democracy increasingly move online.

In partnership with the N8 and the RSA, the University of Liverpool is pleased to host a panel discussion at the Labour Party Conference with leaders from industry, politics, public sector, civil society, and academia on how we can level up digital access and skills to close the divide, what tools we need to achieve this – such as the Minimum Digital Living Standard - and where the responsibility lies.
This event is free to attend and a conference pass is not required.

Refreshments will be provided.