Govt’s Digital Deal provides funding for internet services and training to social housing tenants

Twelve landlord projects providing internet services and training to social housing tenants have received funding today as part of the government’s Digital Deal.

The Digital Deal is aimed at encouraging more social housing tenants to get online, improve their skills and benefit from wider internet services.

The 12 successful bids will see a diverse range of projects including community volunteer support and expert mentors, along with technological solutions such as mobile internet wi-fi clouds, converting TVs into internet devices and recycled IT equipment.

The Digital Deal is providing £400,000 of funding from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government matched by the winning bidders.

According to Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform: “Getting online is part and parcel of 21st century life and being able to confidently use the internet is essential for work today.

Universal Credit is a major cultural change in the way people receive and access support. We are putting the internet at the heart of our reforms to encourage and help claimants develop their online skills.

Internet access and support is available through Jobcentre Plus and the Digital Deal is bringing the latest technology and community groups together to break the digital barrier.

The successful bids include Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT), Cheshire where a project will turn residents’ TVs into internet access devices using Digital Den Android mini-PCs and the London Borough of Camden which will see a project will engage households by providing low-cost and recycled computers to tenants and recruit community volunteers.”

Other successful bids are: Cottsway Housing in Oxford, Leeds Federated Housing, Bron Afon Community Housing in Torfaen, Yarlington Housing Group in Somerset, Queens Cross Housing in Glasgow, A2 Dominion Housing Group in London, Fabrick Housing Group in Middlesbrough, Progress Housing Group in Preston, Wirral Partnership Homes and South Essex Homes.


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