Stop pretending that there is some government subsidy behind this. It's resellers of secondhand computers trying to gain an aura of respectability.
Not everyone (hardly anyone?) has the nous or expertise to pick out the "bits" needed for a working PC at a good price from ebay. The beauty of this is that they get a running certified PC already setup and raring to go. Its the support that costs the money the hardware is very cheap ..especially if its recycled from offices, who might give it away for free , as a corporate social responsibility thing . And to anyone who resents disadvantaged people getting something cheaper , could you live on 73.10 a week? no increase for 5 years. And someone whos claiming could easily have £250+ plus ..in fact you'd be silly not to , you can have £15,999 and still get gov help. or more , if you're a Bank /Farmer /low wage employer.... (horror)
GG: I imagine full perpetual license, it certainly used to be. Unless Office365 is mentioned then no time limited license exists. Given the actual license cost to the refurbisher and the purpose is to learn what is in use in business it makes 100% sense. Update: Office 2010 is only available as perpetual. On one hand surprised they're supplying such an old version; on other it's the oldest officially supported on Windows 10 (so makes sense for Microsoft).
We at home cannot get these licensing discounts and will have to pay full price, one of the advantages of getting this deal is the neccesary and important software that's supplied.
1p is still more than "free", and similar MSO deals I have come across in the past were time limited, so only good for 1,3 or 12 months. Any details on the license in this instance?? TBF, there are still things that Libre Office cannot do with MSO saved files; formatting for address labels always come out wrong; but that is down to MS usual habit of "non standard" standards.