43% of over-65s only have basic digital skills 43% of over-65s only have basic digital skills The Go ON UK digital skills charity has released a their 2015 Basic Digital Skills report. The Charity chaired by Martha Lane Fox published that 23% of people do not possess a basic digital skills level. The 2015 Basic Digital Skills report (in association with Lloyds Banking Group) cites that basic digital skills levels start to decline among people aged over 45, with those 65 years old or over having a basic digital skills level of just 43%. Basic Digital Skills UK report graphic Areas with the highest levels of basic digital skills are found in Greater London (84%), Scotland and East Anglia (both 81%). The report believes many of the over 65 age group with low digital skills are retired and most probably have little interest in attaining them. In an article produced by Age UK: Rachel Neaman, Go ON UK CEO, said: ‘The UK is experiencing a digital skills crisis. 12.6 million adults, 1.2 million small businesses, and over half of all charities lack the basic digital skills needed to succeed in today’s digital age. ‘Digital competency is an essential skill for everyone and we believe that – without urgent action – the nation’s lack of basic digital skills will continue to hold back economic growth, productivity and social mobility.