Scheme to help families access internet

SUFFOLK is today one of two places in the country to pilot a government scheme to provide computers for families at home.

SUFFOLK is today one of two places in the country to pilot a government scheme to provide computers for families at home.

The Home Access programme, aimed at ensuring low income families can access the internet at home, has meant that 800 eligible families in Suffolk have already been awarded grants and it is expected that around 7,500 learners will receive funding during the pilot.

The �300 million scheme, which was announced in September and is also being piloted in Oldham, will be rolled out across England from late autumn 2009.

Orwell Housing is assisting with getting its tenants to apply for possible grants for computers, internet access and training.

Families with children aged between seven and 18 can apply for a Home Access Grant, worth around �600, to pay for a computer and internet package to support learning.