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  • New Digital Help Centre officially opened in Skelmersdale

    Henry James

    MORE than 100 local people have already been helped to access vital benefits and other services via the Internet in just 10 weeks since the new Digital Help Centre opened in Skelmersdale.

    The centre, run by Citizens Advice together with Macmillan Cancer Support, has also helped many to learn new IT skills – with 20 gaining qualifications so far – and there are already plans for more initiatives to help people in the near future.

    It was officially opened by John Crompton, chair of Citizens Advice Lancashire West, who explained to guests that more and more benefit and support functions now require internet access.

    He said: “Millions of people lack basic digital skills such as the ability to switch a computer on, use a mouse, send an email or find a web page. The skills deficit is all the more with the elderly.

    “The inevitable result is that certain sections of our community can become digitally excluded. Examples would be applying for Blue Badges or Universal Credit, which will soon move from its pilot areas to a national roll out.

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