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Jobless UK People Benefit from £24 PC and Cheap Broadband Bundle

Monday, Jun 10th, 2013 (8:10 am) - Score 17,091

People who are out of work or currently taking one of the other qualifying state benefits (e.g. Housing Benefit) can now get a cheap computer from just £24 alongside broadband thanks to a new special offer from the Get Online @ Home scheme.

Readers might recall that software giant Microsoft, Simplifydigital and the Go ON UK digital inclusion programme launched the cheap computer scheme with the help of TalkTalk last year (here). The promotion essentially offered either a reconditioned (used) Windows 7 desktop PC (with MS Office Basic) for £99 or a Laptop for £149 (the price for those on Benefits).

Since then the scheme has expanded to work with PlusNet, Sky Broadband, EE, Virgin Media and Primus Saver. Now a new limited offer (available until 30th June 2013) means that participants can benefit from an additional £75 discount off the PC or laptop when they also sign-up to a special broadband and phone deal. In other words the PC now costs £24 and the Laptop £74.

Chris Williams, Get Online @ Home, said:

We are delighted to be able to make this extraordinary deal available to offer real help to people that need it. Never before has anything like it been made possible and we know it will benefit all those who have previously not been able to get online.”

Qualifying Benefits for the Discount

You must be a registered UK charity or receive at least one of the following benefits to qualify for the cheaper price.

* Housing Benefit
* Income Support
* Jobseeker’s allowance
* Pension credit
* Disability Living Allowance
* Attendance Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance
* Carer’s Allowance
* Incapacity Benefit / Employment and Support Allowance
* Disability element of Working Tax Credit

The press release and website are both a little vague about the broadband details but we understand that this could vary depending on your package choice, although prices are believed to start at £2.99 per month (note: that doesn’t include the cost of line rental).

By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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