Free Computers Still Unclaimed

15 October 2010, 15:38 | Updated: 15 October 2010, 15:55

Hundreds of families in both Norfolk and Suffolk are missing out on the chance to get a free computer.

They are available to families with children between years three and nine, who are entitled to free school meals, and have special educational needs.

Its a Government scheme to help children learn more with computers.

Around 4 thousand families in Norfolk and 890 in Suffolk have received free computers or internet from the Home Access Scheme.

To begin with the programme was aimed at families who had children entitled to free school dinners, but now the last few thousand grants are being aimed at children with special educational needs.

The grants are being awarded on a first come, first served basis and the scheme will close on 30 November or when all grants are allocated whichever comes first.

Alison Thomas, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I would encourage any parents who think they might be eligible for this technology grant to come forward.

“We know that children with access to a home computer have an opportunity to access a wealth of learning opportunities and this is too good a chance to miss.

“We are ambitious for all of Norfolk’s young people and want them to have high levels of achievement and this scheme comes is a boost for families who might not otherwise be able to provide their children with access to this technology.”

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible should call the Home Access helpline on 0333 200 1004.