Digital Inclusion Initiative

Over 4,500 people in the Liverpool City Region are set to receive a free tablet with internet access in the next year to help tackle the digital divide. The scheme is part of a new Digital Inclusion Initiative, which aims to connect people with technology and stimulate economic growth across Merseyside. People will be referred for a tablet by the Department of Work and Pensions, with group training sessions also on offer to help acquaint people with their new technology. “It’s our duty to properly connect our residents up with this 21st century necessity,” Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said. “Schemes like this will help us to directly target those who are most in need of our support. We’re creating what I hope will be a better-connected future that everyone in our region can benefit from – it’s proper levelling up in action.”