Get connected get online

The internet can be a huge help in:

Employment  - It is estimated that between 75% and 90% of jobs require at least some computer use. Being online gives people more opportunities to search and apply for jobs.

Saving Money -  Offline households are missing out on estimated savings of £560 per year from shopping and paying bills online.

Education and Life Chances  - Access to a computer and the internet can improve children’s educational performance and help to boost their earnings in the future.

Welfare Reforms - From April 2013 a new Universal Credit was introduced to replace many current benefits, including Housing Benefit and Job Seeker's Allowance. The Government wants 80% of applications for Universal Credit to be online by 2017.

Staying in Touch - One of the best things about the internet is that it is an easy and cheap way of staying in touch with friends and family whether they live locally or across the other side of the world.

To help you get to grips with the basics online use the free guides from Digital Unite.  Click here for more information and for the guides.

To grow your digital knowledge and skills further try the free Barclays Digital Wings resource

Low Cost Computers and Laptops - Click here for low cost refurbished computers and laptops for those on benefit.

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