AN MP believes the poorest in society are being punished after new figures revealed hundreds of public computers had been cut across Yorkshire and Humberside.

More than 500 public computers have disappeared from libraries across the region since 2010, while more than 100 computers have been cut from Jobcentres across the north since 2014.

As Universal Credit applications move online this is having a disproportionate impact on those with the least in society, said Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin.

“This is yet another example of Tory cuts punishing the poorest in our society. One in five people out of work don’t have access to the internet, and under this Tory Government there are fewer and fewer places for them to turn.

“For people who need to fill in Universal Credit or job applications, access to a computer is absolutely essential.”

She added that we should be ensuring everyone has access to a computer rather than “stripping away” reasons for people to enjoy public libraries and all they had to offer.