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Computers within Reach Programme

Education and Skills written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Mr Peter Pike Mr Peter Pike Labour, Burnley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) families in Burnley have benefited from the Computers within Reach programme.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

The Computers within Reach (CWR) scheme closed on 31 October 2001 having delivered over 24,000 recycled computers to people in 22 pilot areas, at a cost of £7.1 million over two years. Those eligible were in receipt of certain working age benefits or a State Pension with minimum income guarantee.

At the same time as funding was made available for the Computers within Reach scheme, funding was also provided for the Computers for Teachers programme. For teachers who met certain criteria, this programme subsidised the cost of a computer. It was subsequently replaced by the current Laptops for Teachers scheme which dispensed with subsidies, and through which sufficient funding will be provided to enable two thirds of teachers to receive a laptop by March 2006.

Burnley was not one of the pilot areas for the CWR scheme.

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