The UK government’s Home Computing Initiative (HCI) needs a rethink to widen its scope, according to Intel.
The HCI was set up in 1999 and relaunched in 2004. It allows companies to buy computers for employees and write off a proportion of the cost against tax. Last year 350,000 computers were purchased under the scheme.
‘HCI needs to be looked at again,’ said Rick Skett, Intel’s country manager for the UK.
‘How do we get computers to the elderly and those on a low income? By 2007, 90% of jobs will require the use of a computer, and Britain needs these skills.’
Skett went on to praise the government for creating ‘the most advanced tax regime in the world’ for IT companies, and described Britain as the world’s leading economy for digital TV.
Before the election, the government published a seven-point plan to improve Britain’s technology skills, including a low-cost scheme to equip students with laptops.
‘This government has invested in a range of groundbreaking programmes to transform the UK from a poor relation to a digitally rich nation in just a few years,’ said then Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
‘We aim to make the UK a world leader in digital excellence with public services that are even more responsive, personalised and efficient than the leading companies that have successfully deployed the internet to serve their customers.’
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