Martha Lane Fox founded Antigone in 2007. Antigone works with a small number of charities each year, learning more about the needs of socially excluded people so that we can help promote their successes to ministers and the press. We work in alliance with a number of other funders, organisations and people to make these changes happen and are keen to promote areas of philanthropy and activism that are currently unfashionable and underfunded.

Antigone is closed for any further grant applications for the remainder of 2013.

The Case For Digital Housing

This update comes to you from the Houses of Parliament, where last week Race Online 2012 in conjunction with Housing Technology launched its report: “Digital by Default – The Case For Digital Housing.”

Martha spoke alongside Jake Berry MP and housing providers to make clear the urgent need for the UK’s social housing sector to increase digital capability among its organisations and residents.

The report found that half of all people offline in the UK live in social housing, where society’s most vulnerable groups are concentrated. In England:

  • 1 in 5 over 65 year olds live in social housing
  • Nearly half of all single parents live in social housing
  • And nearly half of households in social housing have a total annual income of less than £10,000

Digital skills are vital for residents’ employment, education, health and well-being, so housing providers and government working together to help them online is a no-brainer.

The report estimates £3.1bn in total economic benefits from bringing these groups online: £340m in annual savings for landlords in communications costs alone; £530m in annual consumer savings to tenants; and £360m in annual savings to local government.

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