Government gives free laptops to poor families

A scheme giving free laptops...

A scheme giving free laptops and broadband access to 270,000 low-income families is to be rolled out across the UK.

The prime minister Gordon Brown said the aim is to get all families onto the internet to enable them to follow their children's progress, attainment and behaviour at school.

The government is investing £300m to help poorer families who may not be able to afford the IT.

Speaking to an international education forum in Westminster, Brown said, "We want every family to become a broadband family, and we want every home linked to a school. For those finding it difficult to afford this... I can announce the nationwide roll out of our home access programme to get laptops and broadband at home for 270,000 families. It will mean all families can come together, learn together and reap rewards together."

Families will be able to keep the laptop but will only get the broadband connection for one year, after which they will need to pay for it themselves.

The scheme is contained in the Children, Schools and Families Bill, which is still to be debated in the House of Commons.



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