In a bid to bridge the digital divide, a €2 million investment will be giving a free laptop and €300 internet voucher for a whole year to around 2,300 low income families.
The pilot project called ‘Digital Connect’ was launched by Economy Minister Silvio Schembri and Social Justice and Solidarity Minister Michael Falzon.
Schembri said that for this scheme, they identified low-income families who have ‘consequently fallen behind in terms of technology and therefore this pilot project is aimed at boosting inclusion and digital skills.’
For his part, Minister Michael Falzon said that ‘next year, we will be seeing dozens of new social measures as well as others that will continue to be delivers. We want to make sure that no one falls behind, and that everyone enjoys equal opportunities.’
The pilot project is available for those who are currently benefitting from some social security services. Most notably, those who are in possession of a pink card, receive a non-contributory pension, receive social assistance, single parents and those receiving assistance if unemployed.
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