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Free computer (and Internet access for 1yr) for children aged 7 - 14 (yrs 3 to 9)

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Thought I'd post this up here as it hasn't been that widely publicised yet, even though it's a great scheme that could help out a lot of people. So for those that haven't heard, there is now a sche… Read More
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7y, 6m agoFound 7 years, 6 months ago
Thought I'd post this up here as it hasn't been that widely publicised yet, even though it's a great scheme that could help out a lot of people.

So for those that haven't heard, there is now a scheme to give lower income families with children access to their own computer at home. After being trialled in 3 boroughs last year, the scheme has since gone nationwide across England (at present Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland miss out unfortunately).

The 3 eligibility criteria you need to meet are:

1) The child you are claiming for must be attending a state school and in year 3 to 9
2) You must be in receipt of child benefit
AND
3a) Currently claiming free school meals
OR
3b) You must be entitled to one of the following:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income Support
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit)
Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit but not Savings Credit)
Income-based Employment Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

3 packages are available to apply for:

1) Laptop or desktop computer and relevant software, with full tech support for 1 year
2) Internet access for 1 year
3) Both of the above combined

To apply you need to ring the following number: 0333 200 1004.

You will then be sent an application form and receive a decision within 3 weeks of returning it.

If successful, you are given a notification of entitlement and a pre-paid card which can be used at one of the scheme's approved suppliers to spend on your choice of computer.

The suppliers websites are:

http://www.homeaccesscomputers.com
http://www.cihomeaccess.co.uk
http://www.comet.co.uk/homeaccess
http://www.misco.co.uk/homeaccess
http://www.homeaccessgrant.com
http://www.xma4ha.co.uk

The computer choices available at present are:

Samsung N130 netbook
Samsung R519 laptop
Toshiba L450D laptop
Acer 5235 laptop

A couple of the suppliers are also offering low-specced desktop machines too.

Each of the machines comes loaded as standard (as specified by the scheme) with Microsoft Office 2007, some form of antivirus and also some parental control software. Any additional software is dependent upon supplier.

The operating systems are either Windows 7 or XP. Please double check with individual suppliers on this though because you may find the OS they ship with the machine differs from that listed on their website, so it is best to confirm by phone what you would actually be getting.

The internet is roaming internet with either 3 or T-mobile via dongle.

There's also an extended area included in the scheme for Assistive Technology, that aims to enable children with disabilities and learning difficulties with specialist equipment and software.

Lastly, applications are being dealt with on a first come first served basis, although the aim of the scheme is to supply 270,000 households by March 2011 so there is probably no rush.

Hope that info helps. If you have any more queries ring the number provided or see the deal link for the website.
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#1
Thank you for this, never heard of this scheme so might help a good few people. heat + repped
#2
Thanks for the info, phone lines are closed now, is there an application form online?
#3
mai
Thanks for the info, phone lines are closed now, is there an application form online?


Don't think so as you need to send them proofs anyway. Lines are open regular office hours though and the form arrives with a couple of days.
#4
I think 3 Local Authorites (Durham, Hull and Shropshire) are purchasing equipment on behalf of the parents so the parent will not have to go the likes of PCWorld to collect a PC it will be provided and delivered for them by their local Council.

But I imagine by ringing the above number you will get further information if you live in these areas.
#5
good deal if you live off benefits, shame there's no help for people who earn a living :-(
#6
Reload
Don't think so as you need to send them proofs anyway. Lines are open regular office hours though and the form arrives with a couple of days.


okay thanks, will give them a call in the morning :thumbsup:
#7
I agree with owens101 I AMA single parent with two kids at school I work part time so get working tax credit but am not entitled although I worked full time for 20yrs payin into the pot but can't take out as much as those who've never worked. Stinks
#8
Even though we would not be eligible for the grant, we have a disabled child who is in receipt of dla, wondering if the extended part of the scheme includes families in our situation? been on the site and had a look,am going to call tomorrow just to check out.

an excellent scheme and will help so many families. heat and rep added:thumbsup:
#9
Perpita
I agree with owens101 I AMA single parent with two kids at school I work part time so get working tax credit but am not entitled although I worked full time for 20yrs payin into the pot but can't take out as much as those who've never worked. Stinks


yeah that's what I mean, my friend is a single mum of 3 but she works part time so not entitled
#10
ah just re-read, so if you receive both Child Tax Credit AND Working Tax Credit....your not entitled?
#11
mai
ah just re-read, so if you receive both Child Tax Credit AND Working Tax Credit....your not entitled?


If it's only the fact of child tax credit that you qualify on then I think also recieving working tax disqualifies you.

Like I said though, I'm not an authority on this, just posting the details as I understood them.
#12
I voted HOT, i think its great cos i think evryone should be able to access the internet..especially kids who need it for school purposes..its the next generation we need to think about.
Good find Reload :thumbsup:
Gonna give you some rep too!!
#13
Perpita
I agree with owens101 I AMA single parent with two kids at school I work part time so get working tax credit but am not entitled although I worked full time for 20yrs payin into the pot but can't take out as much as those who've never worked. Stinks


If you only work part time you might be entitled to get free school meals. I think its household income of £13,000 or less to qualify. The post says says child benefit which is anyone and free school meals OR income support etc.
#14
Who is eligible for a Home Access Grant?
Those eligible are families with children in years 3 to 9 who attend state maintained school in England on a full time basis
and did not receive a computer from the ‘Computers for Pupils’ or the ‘Home Access’ programme in the past. Of these
families, the second criterion is that the family fi ts one of the following:
• the child is eligible for free school meals,
• parent(s)
- on income support
- receives income-based job seekers allowance
- receives the Child Tax Credit and has an income of less than £16,040
- have guaranteed pension credit
- have an income related employment support allowance
- receive support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act.
Families will also have to submit their child benefi t award statement along with their application. They may also be
required to provide some additional evidence to prove receipt of the above benefi ts. This will be detailed on the
application form.



doesn't say anything about not being eligible on faq's if you get working tax credit which obviously you would if you don't earn much :?
http://localauthorities.becta.org.uk/upload-dir/downloads/ha_la_faqs.pdf
#15
Hot from me thanks, only work PT so might be lucky :)
#16
heat and rep... this should help a few needy kids in my area. thank you. i wonder how much the internet access will cost after the 12 months is up though. :whistling:
#17
To you it may not be relevant, but ppl can pass the info onto family and friends, and its not just about internet access, its offering computers for young ppl aswell which they may use for other purposes then just accessing the internet, there may be users on here whos kids will qualify
#18
fantastic deal hope they do it when my little 1 grows up heat added
#19
I have rang up this morning and there is a hotline number not the number above.,

03332001004
homeaccess.

grant admin services.


You call this number and they will get you the application with 7 working days with the bad weather.
I shall keep you posted on the rest of the process once i have gone through it.

I would like to thankyou for pointing this out to me as my daughter and son will benefit from this.
#20
is this offer/grant only for England?
#21
amandarae1
I have rang up this morning and there is a hotline number not the number above.,

03332001004
homeaccess.


Changed the number in the title post now, cheers. :thumbsup:
#22
this is a really gr8 scheme, just phoned the 03332001004 number and spoke to a really nice lady, just waiting for 2 applications as one of my boys is quite ill and should be able to get his own
#23
Well I rang I've an annual income of less than 12k but cause I work part time and get working tax credits I am not eligible even tho I am a lone parent with a 9 & 5 year old. Not fair at all!!!!! So I've got to pay out for a computer and broadband reducing my money twice. Where as others who get loads of benefits qualify. Stinks!!!
#24
miss money saver
is this offer/grant only for England?


Appears so. In their advice to local authorities brochure it only mentions England anyway.
#25
Just got off the phone it applied to all of the u.k.
#26
Perpita
Well I rang I've an annual income of less than 12k but cause I work part time and get working tax credits I am not eligible even tho I am a lone parent with a 9 & 5 year old. Not fair at all!!!!! So I've got to pay out for a computer and broadband reducing my money twice. Where as others who get loads of benefits qualify. Stinks!!!


That sucks!! Do you claim free school meals? You should qualify for that, then when it rolls out properly you should then be eligible. They are advertising in my local school to claim free school meals even if your child doesn't have them as the goverment are doing this scheme later this year for all children claiming free school meals.
#27
sweetas2009
That sucks!! Do you claim free school meals? You should qualify for that, then when it rolls out properly you should then be eligible. They are advertising in my local school to claim free school meals even if your child doesn't have them as the goverment are doing this scheme later this year for all children claiming free school meals.


Yep, if you are claiming child benefit AND free school meals that is ALL you need.

You only need bother with the other inclusion criteria if you claim child benefit but DON'T claim free school meals.
#28
its 3 to 9, not 7 to 14 :\ just rang to see if my little sister is eligble, as currently we have 4 (myself and 3 sisters) on 1 pc and 1 laptop (and i usually take up the msot time, as im oldest haha :P becuase im doing a lvls and need access to the internet during school days most; also got another sister doing gcses, so yeh both machines are usually tied up all the time)
anyway yeh, please update the title as it is only 3 to 9
#29
teshnit
its 3 to 9, not 7 to 14 :\ just rang to see if my little sister is eligble, as currently we have 4 (myself and 3 sisters) on 1 pc and 1 laptop (and i usually take up the msot time, as im oldest haha :P becuase im doing a lvls and need access to the internet during school days most; also got another sister doing gcses, so yeh both machines are usually tied up all the time)
anyway yeh, please update the title as it is only 3 to 9


It's for school years 3 to 9 which works out ages 7 to 14
#30
i swear i just rang up and heard the auto-voice thingy say children ages 3 to 9, although it does seem weird that a 3 year old needs a computer to themself, when the site goes on about gcse's, hmm ill have another bash at it
thanks
#31
England only
#32
Spoke a safe guy, who ran me through it, as i was speaking on behalf of my dad, turns out my little sister is eligble, and were havign the forms sent to us. You can get this grant, even if you already have an existing computer/laptop and internet access :)
#34
Great will give tham ring
#35
I don't understand why you're not eligible if you get working tax credit as well as child tax credit and are on a low income?? It doesn't make any sense. I still made the person send me out a form as I said I would try and get her an award notice which shows only my child tax credit but I don't know if I can really do that :?
#36
I have found this on their website:-

[B]Eligibility
Who is eligible for a Home Access Grant?
Those eligible are families with children in years 3 to 9 who attend state maintained school in England on a full time basis
and did not receive a computer from the ‘Computers for Pupils’ or the ‘Home Access’ programme in the past. Of these families, the second criterion is that the family fits one of the following:

• the child is eligible for free school meals,
• parent(s)
- on income support
- receives income-based job seekers allowance
- receives the Child Tax Credit and has an income of less than £16,040
- have guaranteed pension credit
- have an income related employment support allowance
- receive support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act.
Families will also have to submit their child benefi t award statement along with their application. They may also be
required to provide some additional evidence to prove receipt of the above benefi ts. This will be detailed on the application form.
#37
here we go again if you are working you get nowt!!!

1) The child you are claiming for must be attending a state school
2) You must be in receipt of child benefit
AND
3a) Currently claiming free school meals
OR
3b) You must be entitled to one of the following:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income Support
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit)
Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit but not Savings Credit)
Income-based Employment Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
#38
0333 200 1004

whats the rate?
#39
ppoze
here we go again if you are working you get nowt!!!

1) The child you are claiming for must be attending a state school
2) You must be in receipt of child benefit
AND
3a) Currently claiming free school meals
OR
3b) You must be entitled to one of the following:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income Support
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit)
Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit but not Savings Credit)
Income-based Employment Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


Everyone who works and has a kid gets child benefit and the majority child tax credit
#40
This is great for the people that can get it, got a few family members that might find this useful

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