Whatever happened to freedom of choice?

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Whilst there are many advantages in new technology I am becoming increasingly concerned at the demand for everyone to switch over to doing everything on computer.

Whilst using one myself I will not allow it to take over my life to the extent that every transaction I perform has to be done online.

There are many people who either cannot afford to buy a computer and pay for broadband installation or simply have no wish to learn how to use one and instead of being made to feel like dinosaurs if they don’t they should be given a choice.

We have the council now insisting that most things, including applying for benefits and dealing with other council services, must be done on a computer and only this week a government minister recommended people search for better deals from fuel suppliers by going online.

I also read (Star, October 30) that the police have prepared a flyer for people to display in their windows who do not wish to be disturbed at Halloween and on Bonfire Night but this can only be downloaded from the force website.

This will be of no help to many elderly people who do not own a computer and the flyer should be made available from libraries, post offices and council offices.

I would like to see the emphasis taken away from doing everything on computers.

Whatever happened to freedom of choice?

Susan Richardson