Shropshire Council highlights the Home Access Scheme
Shropshire Council is raising awareness of a programme to provide low income families with a free computer and free internet access. The council wants to ensure that all eligible families across the county are made aware of this opportunity and apply for a Home Access computer and internet package.
The Government scheme is being rolled out nationally and is designed to close the digital and educational divides and to help parents keep in touch with their child's progress. It has been proven that using technology for learning can help children achieve more, do better in their studies and have fun while they learn.
Shropshire Council is one of the three local authorities nationally to have secured approval to run a special group ordering system which aims to provide families with further support and assistance in applying for a package. If a family qualifies for a Home Access Grant they can either use it themselves to purchase a computer and internet package or they can take part in the council's group ordering scheme.
Families may be able to apply for a Home Access Grant if one of their children is in years 3 to 9 and is in full-time education in an English state-maintained school and are eligible for free school meals or are receiving income based Job Seeker's Allowance or Income Support. Families can only apply for one package per household. Further details on the scheme can be found on the following website: www.homeaccess.org.uk
Councillor Cecilia Motley, Lead Member for Children and Young People's Services said: "We are seeking to maximise the number of Shropshire families who are able to secure a computer and internet package and to benefit from this programme. It is essential that we raise awareness across the county and, where appropriate, support those families who need assistance in applying for a Home Access Grant. We are currently briefing schools and other agencies and partners working with families about the programme."
Families who believe that they are eligible for a grant should ring 0333 200 1004 to get an application form.