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PUBLISHED: 14:32 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:19 30 June 2010

SIX thousand families in Norfolk could be set to benefit from a free computer, aimed at supporting young people's learning and development.

Norfolk County Council is today urging the families of any young people entitled to free school meals to apply for a computer under the Government's Home Access scheme.

SIX thousand families in Norfolk could be set to benefit from a free computer, aimed at supporting young people's learning and development.

Norfolk County Council is today urging the families of any young people entitled to free school meals to apply for a computer under the Government's Home Access scheme.

The scheme is aimed at providing computers and internet access to children aged seven to 14.

To be eligible, children must be in school years three to nine and entitled to free school meals.

There will be one computer available per family, which will include pre loaded support technology. The scheme also includes a dedicated support line; parental control settings to maintain safety and at least one year's free internet access.

Shelagh Hutson, Cabinet member for children's services, said: “I would urge Norfolk families to apply for a computer under this scheme.

“Children who have access to a computer have greater opportunities to explore the world of learning and can really develop their technology skills, which are so important for the world of work.

“These computers are provided on a first come, first served basis so Norfolk's families need to apply quickly so that they don't miss out.”

Studies show that students who have access to a computer and the internet achieve more at school. This scheme supports those families who may not be able to afford the extra cost of having a computer at home.

There will be a number of packages that families can choose from and those who already have a computer can just apply for internet access.

The scheme works by providing families with a cash card and letter, stating what equipment they can buy and at what value. Any money not spent on individual cards will go back to the budget to help other families.

To apply call 0333 200 1004.

More information is available at www.homeaccess.org.uk


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