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POOR COMMUNITIES TO GET FREE COMPUTERS

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The government is putting£10m into 10 pilot projects which will help connect entire communities to the information...
The government is putting£10m into 10 pilot projects which will help connect entire communities to the information super-highway, reported the Sunday People (p22).

Computer firms will be encouraged to provide low-cost, reconditioned machines free to anyone who wants one. The computers will be linked to local schools and health centres, and will also help the jobless look for work.

Education minister Michael Wills will announce details of the scheme today. He was stunned by recent figures that revealed just how much the so-called digital divide was splitting Britain. While 65% of better-off households have computers, fewer than one in five poorer families do.

Mr Wills said: 'We want to work with the private sector to wire up disadvantaged communities.' He added that everyone should be able to benefit from the computer revolution.
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