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Go Compare becomes 250th organisation to help get Wales online

Digital Communities Wales has announced that household name Go Compare, will be the 250th organisation to sign their Digital Inclusion Charter for Wales, pledging to help the people of Wales to get online, starting with their staff and customers.

Figures from the 2016/17 National Survey for Wales show that 15% of adults in Wales are not online. As a consequence, they miss out on opportunities like saving money with price comparison websites like Go Compare.

Developed by Digital Communities Wales, the Digital Inclusion Charter aims to promote basic digital skills through asking organisations to sign up to six pledges including giving all staff and volunteers the opportunity to learn digital skills, sharing best practice tips and building local partnerships in their area.

The Digital Inclusion Charter is a simple way for organisations to show how they are actively helping digitally excluded people enjoy the benefits of the internet, particularly older people or those living with disabilities, unemployed people, social housing tenants and families living in poverty.

The Charter has been developed by Digital Communities Wales, a Welsh Government project helping people to access and use the internet, which is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Go Compare joins a host of other organisations which have signed the Charter, including BT Wales, Welsh Water, 12 local authorities, housing associations, national charities and regional support organisations. These Charter signatories are now addressing digital exclusion in the communities where they operate.

Matthew Crummack, CEO of Go Compare said; “We’re delighted to be involved with the Digital Communities Wales scheme. Digital inclusion is a hugely important issue throughout Wales and as one of the country’s biggest tech brands, we’re proud to support the initiative and help our community get online.

“We live in a world where people increasingly deal with their finances online. Whether it’s managing their current account, energy bills or even buying their insurance, the vast majority of people interact with their money through the internet.

While this has empowered millions and allows them to compare quickly and easily, there is a danger that those who aren’t online may be left out of pocket and stuck on poor deals. This is especially true when you consider that local bank branches are becoming an endangered species and many of the best deals require online account management.

“No one should be left behind just because they don’t have access to the internet and that’s why we, as a proud Welsh business, fully support the Welsh Government’s initiative for a better-connected community.”

Matt Lloyd, Project Manager at Digital Communities Wales, said:
“We are delighted that Go Compare has signed up to the Digital Inclusion Charter and started to embed digital inclusion into its day-to-day activities. Being online can open doors to many opportunities – finding work, saving money, learning new skills and supporting a healthy lifestyle. I encourage other organisations Wales, whether they are local authorities, libraries, schools, charities or businesses, to commit to the Charter so together we can do even more to support digital inclusion activities across Wales.”