6 Feb

Digital Inclusion research launched in Leicester and Leicestershire

Photo of an English and Computing course for adults Held at the Highfields Centre

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Ltd have launched a 2024 call for evidence linked to digital poverty.

With an ever-increasing growth in the use of basic digital skills in daily life, accessing services, learning, and using technology in the workplace, the research aims to develop a fuller understanding of area challenges related to digital exclusion across the Leicester and Leicestershire area.

In particular, the LLEP will draw together updated feedback* and data to collate an updated assessment of area digital poverty issues for young people and adults across the region, especially any changes in needs since 2021, when the LLEP originally undertook area digital poverty research.

Partners, stakeholders, and people from education, skills and business are encouraged to complete the short survey and feed in any evidence that they have on area digital exclusion challenges. Employers are also encouraged to complete the survey and feed in issues that they see.

We hope you will be able to help us. The survey consists of only six questions and can be accessed here: The survey closes on 31 March 2024. If you have any questions about the survey, please email Anna Cyhan here:

Findings from the research will be collated and shared to help local skills needs considerations and may also be used to support and inform future area skills investments.

*In spring 2021 the LLEP led on a successful digital call for evidence to support area skills research as part of Covid recovery. This concluded with a short report on the findings, with over 40 responses by a broad range of services, which then led to the formation of an area Digital Skills Partnership, and seven area digital poverty projects funded to address area issues, and support area skills.