Digital Technology

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department is making available for digital inclusion (a) directly and (b) through partner bodies.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We are investing in improved access to digital services across Jobcentre Plus and 6,000 new computers will be installed across the country to help claimants who are digitally excluded make online transactions.

The universal credit programme is also investing in local authority-led pilots to test how we support claimants and digital inclusion is one of the approaches being tested. The Universal Credit Local Support Services Framework sets out the basic principles for helping people who might need support with the new demands of universal credit, such as help with getting online.

The Department will continue to work with local authorities and service providers, including charities and social landlords, in order to develop local partnerships to provide the additional support for digital inclusion. We have provided some funding to the Tinder foundation (formerly Online Centres Foundation) and invested in the Digital Deal challenge fund for social landlord led projects to support their digitally excluded tenants.

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