Low-cost computer scheme launched

December 20 2015

A low-cost computer scheme is being piloted across South Gloucestershire in a move at helping disadvantaged groups access the internet more easily.

A low-cost computer scheme is being piloted across South Gloucestershire in a move at helping disadvantaged groups access the internet more easily.
 A range of starter desktop and laptop PCs are being made available to anyone who is on low income, receiving certain benefits or experiencing other disadvantages.
 The equipment, which is available through an IT provider is professionally refurbished, ready to use and includes a 12-month warranty.
 The aim of the scheme is to help people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a PC with a view to using it to look for work or access online training and learning.
 Councillor Heather Goddard, Chair of the Communities Committee, said: “Not owning or having ready access to a computer can be obstacle to people who are looking to find work or to acquire new skills or knowledge through online learning.
 “This pilot scheme will help those unable to afford a computer through subsidised and supported assistance.”
 Prices start from around £85 which includes a fully-licensed version of Microsoft® Windows 7, Microsoft® Office 2010, 12-month warranty and free delivery.
 Residents must receive at least one of the following to be eligible for these special Microsoft® Office system prices:
 Income Support
Jobseekers Allowance
Pension Credit
Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Attendance Allowance/Constant Attendance Allowance
Carer’s Allowance
Incapacity Benefit/Employment and Support Allowance
disability element of working tax credit
Registered UK charities can also take advantage of this special deal