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The UK government's newly-appointed Digital Inclusion Champion has revealed that she will focus on delivering broadband to the nation's poorest people.

Martha Lane Fox, who was given the new title last month, suggested that extending broadband services to the poorest six million Britons would help to bridge the social and economic inequalities.

The co-founder of Lastminute.com told the Financial Times that removing the digital divide would also help the government cut its public spending, as 80 per cent of its public interactions concern the poorest 25 per cent of society.

Speaking to the newspaper, she added: "The people left behind in technology are being left behind in many spheres of their lives. That is not right and it is not good enough.

“By keeping them offline you are inherently keeping the cost of government high."

The position of Digital Inclusion Champion was announced alongside the publication of the government's Digital Britain report last month.

Ms Lane Fox will spend two days a week for the next two years leading the government initiative to deliver universal broadband access.

It is estimated that 17 million people are without broadband in the UK.

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