Eight million adults in the UK have never used the internet
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that eight million adults in the UK have never used the internet.
The ONS Internet Access Q3 Update puts the exact figure at 8.43 million, but this is down by 300,000 on the second quarter of 2011, showing that progress is being made. A total of 41.6 million UK adults are now regular internet users.
The report cites several social and economic factors as reasons for the figures, including age, disability, earnings and location, and those in the remotest regions are a key demographic that the government has promised to provide with basic access.
The ONS said the figures are designed to help the work of Race Online 2012, led by UK digital champion Martha Lane-Fox, who welcomed the increase in internet users but warned that more needs to be done.
"We are happy to see an improvement in offline figures released today, but I believe they reinforce the need for the UK to prioritise the education, accessibility and engagement of IT with its offline citizens," she said.
"There is still a long way to go if we are to achieve our ambition of making the UK the world's most digitally literate and networked nation."