Low-cost computer scheme is launched

Published on: 12 Jan 2016

Residents can find out about 
a new low-cost computer 
scheme aimed at helping 
people access the internet more easily by dropping into Filton Library.

A range of starter desktop and laptop PCs are being made available to anyone who is on a low income, receiving certain benefits or experiencing other disadvantages.

The equipment, which is available through an IT provider is professionally refurbished, ready to use and includes a 12-month warranty.

The aim of the scheme is to help people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a PC with a view to using it to look for work or access online training and learning.

Councillor Heather Goddard, chair of the communities committee, said: “Not owning or having ready access to a computer can be an obstacle to people who are looking to find work or to acquire new skills or knowledge through online learning.

“This pilot scheme will help those unable to afford a computer through subsidised and supported assistance.”

Prices start from around £85, which includes a fully-licensed version of Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, a 12-month warranty and free delivery.

For more information on who is eligible, drop into Filton Library or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/lowcostcomputer.

The library is also offering an introductory session on setting up your new computer and a range of free online courses to help you through the basics.

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