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Broadband is becoming increasingly important to older people in the UK, new research has indicated.

According to a study from Just Retirement, 85 per cent of those questioned said that the main reason they go online is to do research.

Of the 7,000 people aged over 50 who responded to the survey, 65 per cent said that they regularly use the internet to do shopping.

Moreover, the research found that 90 per cent of older people rely on their internet connection as a method of communication.

Of this percentage, one in five of those who revealed that they use the internet to stay in touch with others are over the age of 70.

Nigel Barlow, Head of Research at Just Retirement, noted that while older people are happy to use the internet for lots of different things, they seem reluctant to conduct their personal finances online.

He said: "The survey also reveals a reticence to manage personal affairs such as payment details and personal details online.

"More than half of people surveyed don't want to view their pension payments online - highlighting the need to build confidence in this area."

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