Proposal to subsidise broadband for social housing residents

Monday, November 19th 2012

The MP for Rossendale and Darwen, Jake Berry of the Conservative party, has made a radical proposal to the government. He wants the government to extend low-cost broadband, or subsidies it free, to social housing tenants. He believes that this would address the problem of digital exclusion of such people and give them more opportunities to access learning resources and employment avenues. The MP claims that this approach will be in tune with the government's  new universal credit system which is digital by default. It can help the transition of social tenants to this system and help them to access government schemes like vehicle tax registration, or digital NHS services, or other online government schemes. This would and can save millions of pounds eventually, and thus the country's taxpayers' money. There were mixed reactions to MP Jake Berry's proposal, which is not really a vote winner. Some sections feel that people can make use of free computers available at local libraries rather than expecting it free at home as another subsidised benefit.


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