Reluctance to use the internet means older people may miss out on money saving deals worth almost £1000 a year, according to a new survey. The Vodafone UK Foundation found nearly half (45%) of over 65s confessed they didn’t feel entirely comfortable about shopping or managing their affairs online. Drilling down, its study suggests they could be spending £97 more than necessary on clothes, £158 on entertainment, £184 on travel and £156 on state entitlements. Meanwhile 38% of those still a little uneasy about using the internet feel ignored when that is the default option, with 34% feeling stressed when asked to go online to book a doctor’s appointment, for example. The Foundation has teamed up with Independent Age – with the backing of broadcaster Gloria Hunniford – to launch a new resource aimed at helping them gain digital skills.

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