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Disadvantaged: ICT

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what criteria she uses to determine membership of the Digital Challenge Inclusion network; (139987)

(2) what funding will be available for the Digital Challenge Inclusion network in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09;

(3) what further projects are planned by councils to increase digital inclusion by those councils who were runners up in the Digital Challenge bid;

(4) whether she plans a further round of Digital Challenge funding.

A £2 million Digital Inclusion Fund was announced to support the Digital Challenge 10 finalists, in addition to the award to the Digital Challenge winner. There is no separate funding to support the Digital Challenge Inclusion Network and there are no specific criteria to determine the membership of the Digital Inclusion Network. It is established as an open forum for dialogue and discussion to all sectors and individuals interested in tackling social exclusion through digital inclusion.

The Digital Challenge runners-up are developing a range of themed projects to increase digital inclusion in their authorities and regions. The current draft themes include Flexible Working for Social Inclusion around the Homeshoring concept; the Digital Environment focussing specifically on ICT, climate change and inclusion; Independent Living and Healthy Living; Digital TV and Digital Switchover; and Community engagement and delivery of LSP targets. There are no current plans for a further round of Digital Challenge funding.