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Get An Affordable Computer Thanks To Microsoft

There’s now an easier way than ever to start using the internet with your ready-to-go, very affordable computer.

Residents on certain benefits can get a refurbished computer thanks to a digital inclusion scheme backed by Microsoft.

GetOnline@Home is a new initiative supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf where residents in receipt of benefits can purchase a:

Desktop computer for £99 (£149 if not eligible)
Laptop computer for £149 (£179 if not eligible)
All desktop computers are professionally refurbished by Microsoft partners, such as Computer Recyclers in Penygraig. The new scheme is:

Easy on your budget - with an all-inclusive price for a well-powered, professionally refurbished desktop or laptop computer that comes with full warranty and support

Easy to get started - with Microsoft software already set up for you to use, plus a selection of free accessibility software

Easy to keep in touch - join in the online conversation with family and friends using email, instant messaging, Facebook and much more

Easy to save money - do your shopping, pay your bills and get the best deals online to save money

Easy to learn - develop the IT confidence and skills that are necessary for everyday life and almost any job

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said, “This excellent initiative can transform the lives of everyone that hasn’t been able to get online before.

“We all rely so much on going online now, from paying bills and banking to job applications, connecting with people and getting the very best deals. Being online is essential.”

The computers are high quality, refurbished devices. This means they have been used before, generally in business situations.

Although they are no longer needed by their original owner, the computers are restored to give them a fresh start: any data will be removed; a new set of the core Microsoft software will be installed and all the hardware will be cleaned and polished for the new owner.

In environmental terms, recycling two PCs is the equivalent of taking a car off the road for a year

For further details visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/GetOnlineAtHome where you can also link to purchase a computer or laptop from Computer Recyclers (telephone 01443 434675).

Residents can also join Dragonsavers to apply for a loan to spread the cost of purchase over a term to suit your needs. Dragonsavers is a member organisation where members lend to each other to keep money in the community. For details call 01443 777043.

If you represent a Council service or establishment in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and would like further details or wish to discuss local promotion ideas for the getonline@home scheme, then please contact leigh.gripton@rctcbc.gov.uk