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A £2m bid has been made to improve internet access for older people in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

The Government is being asked to hand over the money to improve the availability of information in the area for those aged over 50.

A detailed submission has been sent including plans for a pilot scheme to provide internet access in the homes of housebound older people.

The bid has been put together by a variety of groups including Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council  following a request from the area’s Older Persons’ Forum.

Local MPs Bill Olner and Mike O’Brien have both welcomed the idea, and have added their support to the bid.

Organisers must now wait until next year to find out if they will get the money. The bid will now be assessed by Government officials, in competition with 176 other applications from around the country, which are bidding for a national budget of £57 million.

Council leader Dennis Harvey said:

"I am really excited by this proposal, which will allow many groups and bodies to provide better services for older people, by using the latest internet technology

“Use of the internet is growing rapidly, and we want to ensure our older people are not left behind.  We also will be asking students from our local college to provide training courses, so this will be a real opportunity to bridge the generation gap".

The bid itself was submitted electronically, and as she pushed the button to send it to London, Trish Bull, secretary of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Older Persons' Forum said:

"The need for this type of project was identified during a survey of our older people, and I am delighted that something positive is happening.

“The Nuneaton and Bedworth Older Persons' Forum urges the Government to support the bid, as it will really help older people in Nuneaton and Bedworth live independent lives".

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CWN / Politics / Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council / 8 Dec 00

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