The Digital Deal was a cross-government challenge fund initiative to encourage social housing tenants to get online or improve their skills. The projects ran from September 2013 until May 2014, with many continuing activity beyond the official end of the project.
You can read the Digital Deal Evaluation Report in full, or read the summary of each project from the links below. (26 Sept: This report was revised to include full details of all projects.)
The Digital Deal was been developed through a partnership of organisations -DWP and DCLG - supported by BDUK, Go On UK, Government Digital Services, Tinder Foundation, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Local Government Association, Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.
The Digital Deal members are:
Turning residents' TVs into internet access devices using Digital Den Android mini-PCs.
Investing in Looking Local - a digital TV channel, website and app - giving residents free access to digital services.
A free mobile internet café will provide internet access to communities and create free Wi-Fi clouds to neighbourhoods.
A network of Wi-Fi and fibre broadband help-points will be established.
Local Digital Champions will be recruited alongside a project to improve local internet accessibility.
Local connections will build digital skills in disadvantaged areas and groups through outreach work based in four new community digital hubs.
The Digital DIY Project will provide a 'train the trainer' digital programme with a mentor network of trained staff and resident mentors. It will provide seven new Digital DIY access points in community facilities and pilot a computer recycling programme.
Twelve accessible internet kiosks to bring free internet access to urban and rural social housing residents.
Mobile support will provide training to communities along with a network of tenant zones.
Affordable recycled IT equipment and trainers provided via a local social enterprise.
Improved internet access for residents and support with claiming benefits online.