The number of people who do not use the internet in Liverpool has been slashed by 40 percent over the last year.
It follows a campaign called ‘Go On it’s Liverpool’ which saw over 1,000 digital champions recruited to encourage people to get online for the first time, including taxi driver Eddie Herbert (pictured with Martha Lane Fox from Race Online).
The latest official ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures show 43,000 people went online, cutting the number of digitally excluded people by 12 percent – compared to just 1.9 percent nationally.
According to the data -which compares figures from April-June 2011 with April to June 2012 – the number of people who do use the internet in Liverpool rose from 70.8 percent to 82.7 percent.
There are now just 61,000 people, or 17 percent of the population, who have not been online – down from 104,000 from a year ago.
Councillor Nick Small, Liverpool’s Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills, said: “Go On it’s Liverpool was hugely successful in getting people online and I am delighted with its success.
“Being computer and internet literate gives people a huge advantage when competing for jobs and is vitally important.