Monthly Archives: August 2011
Motivation remains the toughest nut to crack when encouraging people to go online
ONS stats from the Labour Force Survey are out –
8.7m adults (17.4%) have never used the internet, compared to 41m (82.3%) who have.
77% of households have Internet access = up 4% year on year
45% of individuals connected to the web via a mobile phone in the previous 12 months, and 6m of them did so for the first time
Wireless hotspot users almost doubled in the last 12 months to 4.9m
Only 44% of Internet users interact with public authorities online
New wave of protests to target ‘fitness to work’ company
Disabled activists are planning a new wave of protests aimed at the company paid to carry out controversial “fitness to work” tests on behalf of the government.Atos Healthcare has been targeted repeatedly by campaigners over the accuracy of its assessments, the way it treats disabled benefits claimants, and the generosity of its contract with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The protests will take place across the UK on 30 September – many of them led by disabled people – with the most prominent likely to be outside a recruitment fair being run by the BMJ [formerly the British Medical Journal] in Islington, north London.
Shrek theatre asks autistic boys to leave
The mother of an autistic boy said she was “ashamed of society” after her eight-year-old son was asked to leave a performance of Shrek the Musical.
James Geater, from Worthing, West Sussex, was taken to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London with another autistic boy by four carers.
They were asked to leave the auditorium because they were too noisy. James’s mother Karen said it was unacceptable.
The theatre said the party was asked to sit outside until James calmed down.