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Affinity Sutton partners with Stone Group to get residents connected

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Stone Group, the UK-based manufacturer of ICT hardware and services specifically for the public sector, today announces a partnership with Affinity Sutton, one of the largest providers of affordable housing in England, to provide cut price recycled PCs as part of Affinity’s ‘Get Connected’ programme. The ‘Get Connected’ programme is an initiative to help get tenants online pending the arrival of new central Government initiatives such as Universal Credit.

The recycled PCs come with a full 12-month warranty, are installed with Open Office software, or if eligible Microsoft Office 2007 Basic and Microsoft Security Essentials, and cost just £133.00 (+VAT), which includes delivery and installation.

As part of Affinity Sutton’s ‘Get Connected’ programme, the housing association and Stone Group, ran a competition to give away 50 free PCs to tenants. All 50 residents have now been selected and Stone are making contact with the successful residents to arrange delivery.

Iyabode Olaitan, a previous winner under Affinity Sutton’s ‘Get Connected’ programme had to travel to a local school to use their spare computers so she could complete her Nursing Access coursework. Since then, she has saved countless hours travelling and cut her daughter’s nursery school fees by £85 per month. Her savings on her nursery fees now pay her utility bills – and the £40 per month she is saving on bus fares is now funding a pay-as-you-go dongle to access the internet at home on her new PC.

Iyabode says: Since winning my PC my work has improved and I am confident that I will pass my nursing course, helping me and my family to have a better life.”

Scott McKinven, Financial Inclusion Manager, Affinity Sutton comments: “From October 2013 a new Universal Credit system will be introduced to replace many current benefits including Housing Benefit and Job Seekers Allowance. The Government wants 80% of applications for Universal Credit to be conducted online by 2017.

As a housing association we feel it is in our interests, and our resident’s interests to have a means of getting online and accessing the services that they need. But beyond that, we recognise the wider benefits of our residents having a computer and access to the internet. Whether it is about helping to cut costs or applying for jobs, computers and the internet have a positive impact on people’s lives, just like it did for Iyabode.”

Simon Pettit, Commercial Director, Stone Group comments: “This is more than just about providing recycled computers.  With the impending Government’s Universal Credit scheme, recipients need the resources and know-how to get online and more needs to be done to help them do so. Affinity Sutton should be commended for its ‘Get Connected’ programme and the efforts it is taking to help its residents better their lives through technology. We are proud to be involved.”

Affinity Sutton is planning further PC giveaways as part of Spring Online Week in April where an additional 25 recycled PCs will be made available.

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