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Iain Duncan Smith: Computers should be easier for older people

Iain Duncan Smith: Computers should be easier for older people
7th September 2011

Computers should be more accessible and easier to use, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said - an opinion likely that many paying for care likely agree with.

The minister appealed to manufacturers to simplify hardware in order to make it more accessible to the nine million Brits not currently online - many of whom are retirees.

Speaking at the Digital Unite Silver Surfer Awards, Mr Duncan Smith said: "What we may need for some older people is a much simpler interface to get online; the challenge is out there to companies and providers to look at the potential marketplace for better and easier to use equipment."

He said that manufacturers should review some of the hardware currently on the market, and look at simpler interfaces for those who will not spend lengthy periods of time online.

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