Family enjoys appointment with the PM

A family from Ipswich enjoyed a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a new initiative to provide free laptops and broadband access to low income families was launched.

A family from Ipswich enjoyed a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a new initiative to provide free laptops and broadband access to low income families was launched.

Mr Brown, children's secretary Ed Balls and business secretary Lord Mandelson met the Clarke family, who were one of the households to take part in a trial of the laptop scheme in Suffolk last year.

Reisha, 19, Tyneish, ten, and eight-year-old Talani visited 10 Downing Street to show the Prime Minister how they complete school and university work on their laptop, although mother Julie admitted her daughters also use it to watch music videos on YouTube.

The aim of the scheme is to get all families linked up to their children's schools via the internet and access progress reports on attainment, behaviour and other needs.