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Published: 5th Nov 2012

Jake Berry, Conservative MP for Rossendale and Darwen, has suggested that tackling the digital gap in the UK is crucial to improving social mobility and driving economic growth.

Mr Berry - who is also parliamentary private secretary to former housing minister Grant Shapps - argued that the ICT revolution has opened up a number of opportunities to many people in the UK.

Writing in the Guardian, he warned that many people in social housing have not been able to take advantage of this because of poor internet connections, suggesting that satellite broadband and other provisions should be made available to them as a matter of course.

"Tackling the digital divide could provide savings for social tenants, but the benefit for government and taxpayer could be greater," declared the Conservative politician.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey recently revealed that the UK is on the right track to meet its target of having best broadband infrastructure in Europe by 2015.

Posted by Craig Roberts