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The UK's regional divide in terms of digital maturity is narrowing, a report has claimed.

According to the Lloyd's Bank UK Digital Business Index, the gap - in broadband access and uptake - between London and the south-east and other parts of Britain reduced during 2014.

The report showed that while the capital is now the UK's most digitally-mature region, other parts of the UK - particularly the north-west and north-east of England - are starting to catch up.

Local broadband projects, including the rollout of fibre services, along with schemes geared at increasing digital inclusion, are helping to get more people online.

London's index score increased by four points from 106 to 110 between 2013 and 2014, while the south-east dropped two notches from 108 to 106.

At the same time, the north-east gained eight points, to rise from 96 to 104, and the north-west rose by nine from 91 to 100

"The successes in the north-east and north-west suggest that the regional model undertaken by organisations such as Go ON UK has had an impact," Lloyds Bank stated.

"The analysis also shows that the more mature digital regions don't necessarily continue to improve, with a drop in the south-east of two points."

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