To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 3, Part 2 of the Digital Strategy 2017, what budget has been provided to the Council for Digital Inclusion to increase collaboration and deliver initiatives to help more citizens to confidently go online and take advantage of the internet.
The Council for Digital Inclusion brings together senior leaders in government and the private and voluntary sectors. It isn't all about spending taxpayers' cash. The Council has commissioned work which required private sector members’ investment. For example, Lloyds Banking Group are leading a national partnership to increase motivation and digital capability among small businesses and charities.
In addition to the work of the Council itself, government is working with Council members and others to deliver initiatives to help more citizens confidently go online. For example, over £10m has been spent by HMG since October 2014 to fund Good Things Foundation to support approximately 800,000 people to gain basic digital skills, through the Future Digital Inclusion and Widening Digital Participation programmes.