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More than 30,000 Bexley and Greenwich residents are likely to never have been online

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 June 2018

30,000 people in Bexley and Greenwich have not been online in the last three months. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte  PA

30,000 people in Bexley and Greenwich have not been online in the last three months. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte PA

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The world may be increasingly dependent on the internet, but more than 30,000 people in Bexley and Greenwich have not been online in the last three months, and probably never have.

Over the last 20 years the web has become more and more a part of everyday lives. Many people check social media or news websites when they wake up in the morning.

Shopping, work or simply filling out an application forms for council tax, or benefits, are increasingly online activities.

However data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 8.3% of residents aged 16 or over have not used the internet in the last three months.

That’s 36,000 adults. And it is likely those people have never gone online, according to the ONS report.

The average rate of non-use for the UK was 10%.

The ONS collected the data over the first three months of this year.

In total 394,000 people in Bexley and Greenwich used the internet in the last three months, 91.7%.

There are more people using the internet in 2018 than ever before.

In London 1.1 million more people are now using the internet compared with 2012, when the ONS first began compiling this data. That’s an increase of 21%.

The area covering Camden and the City of London has the highest internet usage with 97% of residents having been online in the last three months. While Mid and East Antrim, in Northern Ireland, has the lowest usage, with just 74% of people accessing the internet in the three month period.

The number of adults who have never used the internet is shrinking. Nationwide this figure dropped from 9.2% in 2017 to 8.4% this year.

Across the country virtually all people aged 16 to 34 are recent internet users, 99%.

Only 44% of adults aged 75 and over used the internet in the last three months.

At the end of 2017 Ofcom, the communications regulator, found more than one million homes in the UK did not have access to fast broadband.

This is classed as the minimum speed required to stream music and TV services such as Amazon and Netflix.

The Government has pledged that by 2020 every house and business in the country will have 10Mbps-plus broadband speeds.

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