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6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
There is a scheme called Home Access whereby low income families can get free computer, internet and support for a year. It hasn't been well publicised and I can't find a working link about it on here.

Check if you are eligible here:

http://www.homeaccess.org.uk/Are-you-eligible/

HTH someone.

Home Access is a government drive that helps low-income families who currently lack access to a computer and/or internet to get online at home.

The programme is aimed at those that need it most. If you are a low-income family in receipt of certain benefits you could qualify for a grant to buy a computer and/or a minimum of one years internet access.
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#1
Link to check if you are eligible:

http://www.homeaccess.org.uk/Are-you-eligible/
1 Like #2
We won't qualify... We are married and both work. The government HATES people like us!!!!
banned#3
norfolk_enchance
We won't qualify... We are married and both work. The government HATES people like us!!!!


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Sounds like a good scheme for those who qualify.
#4
depends on how much you get paid - it is for low income folks.
suspended#5
oh not this old chestnut again..... I remember the last time this was posted, it got very heated.

To be honest I'm not suprised, why on earth are we giving away Pcs (I say we as people like me are paying for them). Guaranteed many of the people who "qualify" for this will have a satalite dish on their council house and all the mod cons inside already.

I wonder how many of these people flog the goods on ebay to pay for more booze and fags.

grrrrrrrrr :x

I don't doubt that some of these will go to people who have a genuine need.... but I question the proportion that have.
#6
My husband just out of the forces. I thought great, no more six months tours to sandy deserts where his life is at risk, no more being away from family with four children, but low and behold the wages on civvy street are unmanagable. Now we have a choice, lives at risk or no money. Does the government hate people like us?
#7
If you have no computer or internet access, go to this website to see if you're eligible?
I can't be the only one to have a niggling feeling there's something wrong with that idea, can I?
#8
Why is this offer only available to kids up to year nine?? My daughter is in year ten, and a computer of her own would really help her with her GCSE studies.
#9
I have served a few 'customers' with these at my workplace . . . . And several of them have ordered the computer online first to collect in store! :?

Seems odd they had internet access for that. Then of course there are those who complain about the fact there are only 2 or 3 providers for the mobile broadband, and 'why should I have 3, 3 are rubbish' etc.

The fact it is free seems to evade them!!

However, I have seen some genuine people needing it, who are more than thankful for the help. Just some people clearly take the mick a bit.
#10
GigerPunk
If you have no computer or internet access, go to this website to see if you're eligible?
I can't be the only one to have a niggling feeling there's something wrong with that idea, can I?


:lol:

It's quite right that low income families especially with children be given access in their homes to computers and the internet (as quite wrongly most school homework is now internet based).

But that doesn't seem to tally with the government taxing home phone lines - for those of us with high incomes £6 a year is peanuts but it hardly helps low income people not entitled to freebies does it?

beckx
Why is this offer only available to kids up to year nine?? My daughter is in year ten, and a computer of her own would really help her with her GCSE studies.


The usual bureaucratic lunacy?
#11
MoneyTrain81
I have served a few 'customers' with these at my workplace . . . . And several of them have ordered the computer online first to collect in store! :?

Seems odd they had internet access for that. Then of course there are those who complain about the fact there are only 2 or 3 providers for the mobile broadband, and 'why should I have 3, 3 are rubbish' etc.

The fact it is free seems to evade them!!

However, I have seen some genuine people needing it, who are more than thankful for the help. Just some people clearly take the mick a bit.


Quite a few schools and councils are running events to help people sort this out and part of it is often help to order on line as some retailers are "recommending" more expensive kit if they arrive without having pre ordered. The joys of sales targets and commission.
#12
This has been posted before. It's a waste of money in every way. Yes - it's a free laptop and access to the net for those that qualify and so great for them, but the number of retailers are very restricted and there are only selected laptops that are generally low spec and over priced by miles, plus there has to be a warranty included in the total price which is also over priced.
I too, feel like the working lose out - the amount of deductions from our wages is heartbreaking, there are plenty of things we cannot benefit from as a working, childless couple that those on benefits do and there are plenty of things we cannot afford, or at least justify spending our money on.
But what makes me really annoyed is the waste of money on schemes like these. Not the idea itself but the ridiculous implementation of it!
£400 for a £200 laptop and crappy extended warranty is as good as throwing our money away!
#13
monkey_whiskers
This has been posted before. It's a waste of money in every way. Yes - it's a free laptop and access to the net for those that qualify and so great for them, but the number of retailers are very restricted and there are only selected laptops that are generally low spec and over priced by miles, plus there has to be a warranty included in the total price which is also over priced.
I too, feel like the working lose out - the amount of deductions from our wages is heartbreaking, there are plenty of things we cannot benefit from as a working, childless couple that those on benefits do and there are plenty of things we cannot afford, or at least justify spending our money on.
But what makes me really annoyed is the waste of money on schemes like these. Not the idea itself but the ridiculous implementation of it!
£400 for a £200 laptop and crappy extended warranty is as good as throwing our money away!


Got to agree that the packages are dreadful for the alleged cost. I guess it reflects the commercial goals of the companies more than any social conscience which while disappointing is hardly surprising.
#14
Why can't the government set up internet cafe type things, with free access to the tinterweb for those that actually need it, but with the opportunity to recoup some of the costs through selling coffee, etc? Then have the times between, say 4 and 6, for school kids to do their homework?

It's like there is no more community logic - which benefits everyone, and just the 'throw money at it' attitude which is open to exploitation.
1 Like #15
Heat and Rep for those people who genuinely can use this to attempt to better themselves

Sadly imo they are outweighed by the scrounger layabouts :(
#16
Azureus
Quite a few schools and councils are running events to help people sort this out and part of it is often help to order on line as some retailers are "recommending" more expensive kit if they arrive without having pre ordered. The joys of sales targets and commission.


Well, we don't get commission on any item at all, and the 'sales' themselves of the laptop and dongle do not even show on our store sales figures, so that is not really correct.

Also, we offer one Acer laptop to customers, there is no choice or way to push a more expensive item onto them.
#17
This is for people in England only.
#18
MoneyTrain81
I have served a few 'customers' with these at my workplace . . . . And several of them have ordered the computer online first to collect in store! :?

Seems odd they had internet access for that. Then of course there are those who complain about the fact there are only 2 or 3 providers for the mobile broadband, and 'why should I have 3, 3 are rubbish' etc.

The fact it is free seems to evade them!!

However, I have seen some genuine people needing it, who are more than thankful for the help. Just some people clearly take the mick a bit.



in response to the above,'seems odd they have internet access for that'...there are plenty of council run libraries which offer free internet use so that might be how 'they' managed to access the internet to check if they qualify
#19
vix_xx
in response to the above,'seems odd they have internet access for that'...there are plenty of council run libraries which offer free internet use so that might be how 'they' managed to access the internet to check if they qualify


Just because these schemes exist for internet access at libraries etc, does not mean they are used to order the item. Especially when some customers freely admit they ordered from home.

And also, I gave the scheme heat and approve of it for those who really do need it, just it is clearly open to abuse by those people who think a free laptop, free year of mobile broadband, free bag, free mouse is something you can haggle over.
#20
donttouchthehair
Why can't the government set up internet cafe type things, with free access to the tinterweb for those that actually need it.


Well they have "sort of" as most libraries have computers and free interent access.

I would far rather the money spent on schemes like this went to libraries for them to get more computers, or faster computers or faster broadband.

With these schemes you spend £400 or whatever and it helps one family. Give the same £400 to a library for one new computer and it can help hundreds of people.

Typical stupid goverment scheme that is open to abuse (as has been said, how many of these laptops will just be sold down the pub).
#21
monkey_whiskers
This has been posted before. It's a waste of money in every way. Yes - it's a free laptop and access to the net for those that qualify and so great for them, but the number of retailers are very restricted and there are only selected laptops that are generally low spec and over priced by miles, plus there has to be a warranty included in the total price which is also over priced.
I too, feel like the working lose out - the amount of deductions from our wages is heartbreaking, there are plenty of things we cannot benefit from as a working, childless couple that those on benefits do and there are plenty of things we cannot afford, or at least justify spending our money on.
But what makes me really annoyed is the waste of money on schemes like these. Not the idea itself but the ridiculous implementation of it!
£400 for a £200 laptop and crappy extended warranty is as good as throwing our money away!


Seems you have mis-understood. There is a warranty included with the price which is much like a manufacturer's warranty. (Only difference is that the retailers are bound to a contract which suggests they have to get it back in like 5 days or some random unnecessary figure). We are still allowed to sell extended cover on top of this warranty, which, i might add, "those who use this scheme because they don't have enough money to get a laptop" seem to be taking up @ £100 per go..

Agree with the scheme, don't agree with the way it's being handled. Much like the swine flu online symptoms checker. "ooo I feel a little under the weather and all my symptoms are related to swine flu, i must have it.."
#22
MoneyTrain81
Well, we don't get commission on any item at all, and the 'sales' themselves of the laptop and dongle do not even show on our store sales figures, so that is not really correct.

Also, we offer one Acer laptop to customers, there is no choice or way to push a more expensive item onto them.


There is more than one retailer in the scheme and not all take your approach. I have spoken to families who have been sold to in a quite high pressure way and ended up buying more kit - I don't know which shop but I've no reason to doubt them.
1 Like #23
Here's the original thread,lots of errrr debate on it !

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/575842/free-computer-and-internet-access-f?page=12
suspended#25
oblivion6
Heat and Rep for those people who genuinely can use this to attempt to better themselves

Sadly imo they are outweighed by the scrounger layabouts :(


Agreed!
#26


It didn't come up in a search. Happy for mods to close this if they feel it is a duplicate.
#27
Azureus
It didn't come up in a search. Happy for mods to close this if they feel it is a duplicate.


The other thread is nearly 3 months old,i posted the link so people could read the comments if they wanted:thumbsup:
#28
I disagree with this scheme, most people who want to be ARE on line already anyway. I'm sure that if the single mother close to us can afford a 42inch flat screen TV and a TV/DVD for each bedroom (not to mention two laptops already) she wouldn't be eligible - but she is
#29
beckx
Why is this offer only available to kids up to year nine?? My daughter is in year ten, and a computer of her own would really help her with her GCSE studies.


The website may have some misinformation, it is available to children upto 14.
#30
should someone not have stated this was for ENGLAND only??:whistling:
#31
norfolk_enchance
We won't qualify... We are married and both work. The government HATES people like us!!!!


let me assure you the government loves people like you , you are paying for this scheme :?
#32
trimm trab
let me assure you the government loves people like you , you are paying for this scheme :?


also , poor single parents need laptop so they dont need to be disturbed when they are watching "jezza" ,when they have to ring dentist for free appointment

and it is also good scheme for our overseas scroungers to practise their english on:whistling:
banned#33
monkey_whiskers

£400 for a £200 laptop and crappy extended warranty is as good as throwing our money away!


Wow...You can get a Samsung R19 with 2GB of Ram and with Windows 7 Professional, Laptop Bag, 1 year Telephone technical support, 1 year Re-instatement service (Theft insurance), 3 Year Internet security and Parental Control and 3 Year Microsoft Security Essentials Anti-Virus protection all for £200???

Can you please post this great deal for me please.
#34


More than a month old hence fine :)
#35
when this scheme was originally advertised on hukd i applied for it as i have 3 children in year 6 and twins in year 8 i dont work and im not a scrounger i was vilified for actually applying for my kids for this it has helped them no end with their homework which they can download to their school through the internet (the twins) my youngest has sats coming up in may and he is able to go online to download sats tests to help him our library where we live charges for the internet £1.00 for 20 mins it used to be for half an hour but this has been cut,im on this tonight as my kids let me use it for a couple of hours every night to check my e-mails and come onto hukd not everyone who applies for this will abuse it,it has benefitted my children immensly i think its a great scheme :thumbsup::thumbsup:
#36
stresshead;8257089
when this scheme was originally advertised on hukd i applied for it as i have 3 children in year 6 and twins in year 8 i dont work and im not a scrounger i was vilified for actually applying for my kids for this it has helped them no end with their homework which they can download to their school through the internet (the twins) my youngest has sats coming up in may and he is able to go online to download sats tests to help him our library where we live charges for the internet £1.00 for 20 mins it used to be for half an hour but this has been cut,im on this tonight as my kids let me use it for a couple of hours every night to check my e-mails and come onto hukd not everyone who applies for this will abuse it,it has benefitted my children immensly i think its a great scheme :thumbsup::thumbsup:

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suspended#37
stresshead
when this scheme was originally advertised on hukd i applied for it as i have 3 children in year 6 and twins in year 8 i dont work and im not a scrounger i was vilified for actually applying for my kids for this it has helped them no end with their homework which they can download to their school through the internet (the twins) my youngest has sats coming up in may and he is able to go online to download sats tests to help him our library where we live charges for the internet £1.00 for 20 mins it used to be for half an hour but this has been cut,im on this tonight as my kids let me use it for a couple of hours every night to check my e-mails and come onto hukd not everyone who applies for this will abuse it,it has benefitted my children immensly i think its a great scheme :thumbsup::thumbsup:


I dont think anyone believes you ask your kids permission to use the laptop..... you are proving someones point, but I'm not sure it was the one you were trying to make.

Still I'm glad your kids benefit from it..... assuming they can ever get on it of course :whistling:
#38
donttouchthehair
Why can't the government set up internet cafe type things, with free access to the tinterweb for those that actually need it, but with the opportunity to recoup some of the costs through selling coffee, etc? Then have the times between, say 4 and 6, for school kids to do their homework?

It's like there is no more community logic - which benefits everyone, and just the 'throw money at it' attitude which is open to exploitation.


I think they are called public libraries
1 Like #39
I am entitled to get this but I can't bring myself to apply. We have a home computer (obviously I am using it now) so I feel it completely unnecessary to apply for a laptop although my children would love to have their own computer.

I don't have the money to just go out and buy a new laptop if I wanted to, however if I wanted and needed one badly enough I can save the money and buy it eventually or else buy it from somewhere that offers interest free credit so that I can pay in installments.

There are options out there for low income families like mine however there are far too many people who will abuse this system. I understand why there are so many haters out there for the people on benefits, unfortunately we all get tarred with the same brush.
:)
#40
alexs80
I think they are called public libraries


Lol. I was thinking of more like somewhere where the people who work there know what they're on about when it comes to technology :-D

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