New computer reuse scheme to tackle digital poverty

Written by Catherine Makin on 10 Feb, 21
Focus on city challenges Responsible innovation

Bristol City Council are providing 3,600 recycled and refurbished council laptops to help tackle the digital divide made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under this new scheme, laptop recipients will also receive a starter data package and a free, introductory digital skills course.

Launching this week in south Bristol, the Digital Inclusion pilot scheme will see the first 50 refurbished laptops going to parents of two-year-olds without digital access who would like to return to further education and to develop their skills and apply for work. If successful, the scheme may be expanded across the city.

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