Elderly are 'virtually isolated' by lack of web
Almost two thirds of Cornish pensioners have no access to the internet, a new report today reveals.
Just 37.5% of people aged 65 or over in the Duchy are online despite a heavily publicised £132 million project to roll-out superfast broadband across the entire county.
The Age UK report warns that many of Cornwall's 115,200 pensioners are at risk of becoming part of a forgotten generation.
It comes just weeks after a major think-tank said the Government could save £70 billion by 2020 if it moved to paperless services.
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Judith Donovan, chairman of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said: "The Policy Exchange report makes for troubling reading for anyone without access to online services. Applying a sweeping one-size-fits-all online approach to public services suggests a lack of consideration to those without internet access."
The Cornwall figure compares with 54.6% of people aged 65 or over in Devon without access to the web.
"Thousands of people are becoming virtually isolated," said Bernard O'Neil, secretary of the National Pensioners Convention in Cornwall.
"The internet is part and parcel of life. But while people in their 60s are starting to realise the benefits, many in their late-70s and 80s think computers are too technical, which is worrying."