City Corporation launches new scheme to help residents get online

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The City of London Corporation has launched a new scheme to help residents to get online during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is available to those who are unable to leave home and who may not be able to afford their own internet access or enough data.

The scheme will provide a one off pre-loaded dongle device free of charge that will provide data to access the internet.

It is available to those who live in the Square Mile, who have been told to shield or self-isolate and who receive help to pay their council tax.

Randall Anderson, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has meant that some people have been asked to shield or self-isolate, but we know that not everyone has access to the internet.

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“Shielding and self-isolation can lead to loneliness and becoming detached from everyday life.

“We hope that by supporting those who are most vulnerable to this virus will now have a means to stay connected.”

The City Corporation has written to every household in receipt of council tax benefit providing a simple application form and pre-paid return envelope.

This scheme is in addition to the support provided by the City Corporation to children and young people needing support with education or who have additional needs during the pandemic.

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