Dip in number of Britons winning the race online
The increase in the number of people using the internet for the first time fell in the last quarter of 2011, official figures reveal. The apparent slowdown in the spread of digital inclusion - at the height of a national "Race Online" campaign - will raise concerns for the government's plans to make public services digital by default.
In its quarterly report on internet connection published today, the Office for National Statistics says that 8.2 million adults have never used the internet. This represents 16.3% of the adult population.
While the size of digitally excluded section continues to shrink, the decrease in the number of adults who had never used the internet was 224,000, down from 299,000 the previous quarter. Adults who were less likely to have used the internet included the over 65s, widowed people and those with a disability, the ONS says.