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Digital Deal Challenge Fund

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:

Golden Gates Housing trust (GGHT), Cheshire

Turning residents' TVs into internet access devices using Digital Den Android mini-PCs.

Cottsway Housing, Oxford

Investing in Looking Local - a digital TV channel, website and app - giving residents free access to digital services.

Leeds Federated Housing, Leeds

A free mobile internet café will provide internet access to communities and create free Wi-Fi clouds to neighbourhoods.

Bron Afon Community Housing, Torfaen

A network of Wi-Fi and fibre broadband help-points will be established.

Yarlington Housing Group, Somerset

Local Digital Champions will be recruited alongside a project to improve local internet accessibility.

Queens Cross Housing, Glasgow

Local connections will build digital skills in disadvantaged areas and groups through outreach work based in four new community digital hubs.

A2 Dominion Housing Group, London

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.

Thirteen Housing Group, Middlesborough

Twelve accessible internet kiosks to bring free internet access to urban and rural social housing residents.

Progress Housing Group, Preston

Mobile support will provide training to communities along with a network of tenant zones.

Magenta Living

Affordable recycled IT equipment and trainers provided via a local social enterprise.

South Essex Homes, Essex

Improved internet access for residents and support with claiming benefits online.

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