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The extinction of public computers in Crawley is creating a crisis

According to new figures pass on by Crawley Labour the shortages are causing a public crisis for the poorest in society.

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With 624 computers having been lost from libraries across the South East since 2010 and 57 in Jobcentres since 2014 it seems there is very few opportunities for those who have no computer to be able to access vital information.

In-fact, with Universal Credit now online only, anyone without internet access has no way in which to apply or gain information.

Data shows that one in five people do not have access to the internet following a recent report by Lloyds Bank that shows that 5% of the population in the South East have zero digital skills.

Crawley Borough Council Leader Peter Lamb said:

“Public library and Jobcentre closures are causing a crisis of cuts to public computers. This is a digital exclusion double-whammy.

“One in five people out of work don’t have access to the internet, and under this Tory Government there are fewer and fewer places for them to turn.

“For people who need to fill in Universal Credit or job applications, access to a computer is essential. Computer cuts are yet another example of the vicious cycle of Tory austerity.”


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EXCLUSIVE: Henry Smith MP thanks Crawley for his re-election

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Speaking exclusively to Crawley News 24, newly re-elected MP Henry Smith has thanked residents of the town for their votes.

Henry also took a moment to answer some questions about the next steps.

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