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|Technology reaches to help dispel loneliness|
Five tech companies have been awarded contracts to use cutting-edge technology to tackle the problem of rural isolation and loneliness.
These businesses will create new technology platforms to match the supply & demand for transport in rural areas, as well as minimise the risk of digital exclusion among older people and those in more isolated, rural areas with limited connectivity.In November 2017, the £20m Govtech Catalyst Programme was launched to help fund innovative tech firms, to solve public-sector challenges through innovation and emerging technologies. As part of a wider commitment to use technology to improve lives and transform the delivery of public services, the government will publish an innovation strategy in spring 2019.
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