HOME ACCESS GRANT
The government is given out 'Home Access Grant', free laptops grants for low income families. While it was only launched in January, already the Govt's given out 55,000 grants and is processing 10,000s more.
The grant targets people on a lower income without internet access who have children in school years 3 to 9 (age 7 to 14). There are a few tests for this, but as a rule of thumb, if you qualify for free school meals, you're likely to count for this too.
How Do I Apply?
Call 0333 200 1004 or check details at http://www.homeaccess.org.uk.
Once you've done a quick eligibility check you'll be sent an application form to complete, which generally takes 3 weeks to process. To help your application be trouble free the grant helpline has given some top tips to filling out the form:
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What Equipment Do I Get?
Depending on your need you can get up to £528 to spend on a computer (laptop, desktop, netbook and one year's web access). Yet you cannot go anywhere, it's only retailers that operate the scheme, though these include mainstream providers such as Comet, Phones4u and Misco.
Once you've been accepted you'll be sent a voucher to hand in to one of the participating schemes. Vouchers need to be used within three months.