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Disability Still A Major Factor In Determining UK Internet Use, Report Finds

UK adults with a disability are still three times less likely to have used the internet than those without a disability, a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

The figures in the latest Internet Access Quarterly Update, released every four months, show that at the first quarter of 2013, there were 3.7 million disabled adults – as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act – who had never used the internet, representing 32% of all adults in the UK with a disability.

The total amount of adults who had never used the internet at the first quarter of 2013 was 7.1 million (14%), meaning that more than half (53%) of this figure were people with a disability.

However there are fewer adults with a disability offline than were shown in the ONS update for the previous quarter, which reported 3.8 million adults with a disability never having gone online. In fact, with several brief exceptions, this figure has been falling regularly since the ONS began publishing its Internet Access Quarterly Updates at the beginning of 2011, and the figure of 3.7 million in the latest update is the lowest yet.

Age is another key factor in determining internet use, the report shows. Only 34% (1.6 million people) of adults over 75 had used the internet, meaning that the 3.1 million people aged 75 and over who had not gone online made up 43% of the total of 7.1 million non-user adults.

The figures in the Internet Access Quarterly Update are derived from the ONS Labour Force Survey, a continuous household survey of employment circumstances of the UK population conducted in England, Scotland and Wales. The latest version of the update can be viewed below:

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