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Dear British Educational Communications and Technology Agency,

I am writing to request the information below under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding the Home Access Grant Scheme outlined at www.homeaccess.org.uk

I would like details on a yearly basis where possible, for the following:

- number of applications to the scheme
- number of accepted applications
- number of rejected applications
- A break down of applications by House Of Commons constituency
- The number and retail value in pounds of transactions by approved retailers to date.
- The total number of broadband subscriptions under the scheme by broadband provider

A breakdown of the amount of money redeemed split as follows:
- Computer systems (laptop and desktop)
- Printers
- Other peripherals (eg mouse, keyboard etc)
- Software
- Broadband subscriptions
- Other
- Any additional costs derived from the use of the Barclaycard pre-pay system

I am interested to know if this scheme is working, thus I am requesting details on numbers of computer hardware and software purchased and retained for:
- 12 months
- 24 months
- 36 months

Finally, can you provide the number of staff employed to administer the Home Access Grant scheme, and the total salary cost of these staff members.

Yours faithfully,

R Taylor

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

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Dear Mr Taylor

Your request was received by Becta on 9 March 2010 in which you ask for
information relating to the Home Access Grant Scheme. Specifically, on a
yearly basis if possible:

1. The number of applications to the HA scheme

And, of these:

        a. the number of accepted applications

        b. the number of rejected applications

2. A breakdown of all applications in 1. (above) by House Of Commons
constituency

3. The total number of approved transactions to date, broken down by
approved retailer

4. The total retail value in pounds of transactions to date, broken down
by approved retailer

5. The total number of broadband subscriptions taken out to date under the
scheme, broken down by broadband provider

6. A breakdown of the total amount of money redeemed to date, broken down
into the following categories:

a. Computer systems (laptops and desktops)

b. Printers

c. Other peripherals (eg mouse, keyboard etc)

d. Software

e. Broadband subscriptions

f. Other

g. Any additional costs derived from the use of the Barclaycard pre-pay
system

7. Of the computer hardware and software purchased, details of how much of
this equipment has been retained by the original recipient for:

a. 12 months

b. 24 months

c. 36 months

8. The total number of staff employed to administer the Home Access Grant
scheme, and the total salary cost of those staff members.

I write to acknowledge receipt by Becta of your request and to advise that
it is being processed in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible and in any event
no later than 20 working days which we calculate to be 8 April 2010
although we would hope to be in touch with you again before that date.

Kind regards, Kathryn

Kathryn Billings
Information Manager
Becta

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Dear Mr Taylor

Your request was received by Becta on 9 March 2010 in which you ask for
information relating to the Home Access programme and asked for a number
of specific pieces of information. You asked for this on a yearly basis
but this is not possible because the national scheme has only been running
for 3 months thus far, we have, however. Furthermore, it has not always
been possible to provide exactly what you have asked for and, where this
is the case, this is explained alongside the information being disclosed.
You should note that the information below was taken from our systems on
31 March 2010.

1. The number of applications to the Home Access programme

12,000 successful applications were made to the Home Access pilots in
Oldham and Suffolk and 20,000 successful applications were made to the
parallel (Targeted Funding) scheme operated vial local authorities. All
subsequent numbers refer to the main (national) scheme launched in January
2010.

158,643 applications have been processed since the national scheme went
live in January this year and 334,452 application packs have been sent
out.

And, of these:

a. the number of successful applications is 85,159

b. the number of rejected applications 4,740 (68,744 applications are
‘work in progress usually due to incomplete forms or missing supporting
evidence’)

2. A breakdown of all applications in 1. (above) by House of Commons
constituency

We do not have a breakdown by House of Commons constituency. We do have a
breakdown by Local Authority (attached). The total by Local Authority
does not correspond exactly to the total of successful applications
because applications associated with complex assistive technology needs
are dealt with separately and are currently not broken down by region.

3. The total number of approved transactions to date, broken down by
approved retailer

The number of approved applications to has been answered above, however,
only 53,865 have been redeemed to date (the average time from grant issue
to redemption is 12 days).

Market share by supplier (approximate):

Comet 54.18%

XMA 15.88%

Centerprise International 10.77%

Bli Education 6.22%

Positive IT Solutions 8.00%

Misco 4.96%

4. The total retail value in pounds of transactions to date, broken down
by approved supplier

Total transactional value thus far has been £26,544,695.

Because there is a fairly standard cost of supply per unit the market
share by supplier profile is virtually identical whether looking at the
number of transactions (3. above) or the value of transactions (as is
being asked for here).

5. The total number of broadband subscriptions taken out to date under the
scheme, broken down by broadband provider

The total number of broadband subscriptions provided thus far is 39,690.

We are unable to provide a breakdown by broadband provider because each of
the approved suppliers (see their relative market share under 3 above)
works with a preferred or a number of preferred broadband suppliers. For
Becta to provide actual penetration on a connectivity provider basis will
require extraction and analysis of individual grant purchases which is not
feasible. Although not directly what you are asking for, we would suggest
a rough breakdown by connectivity provider could be estimated through
application of the market share across the approved supplier partners
indicated below.

3 Mobile O2 T-Mobile
Comet Comet Comet
Centerprise XMA
BLi
Misco
Positive

6. A breakdown of the total amount of money redeemed to date, broken down
into the following categories:

a. Computer systems (laptops and desktops) – these are included as
part of the core package including service and support

b. Printers – not available under the programme

c. Other peripherals (eg mouse, keyboard etc) – mice and keyboards
are provided as part of the core package

d. Software – software is provided as part of the core package

e. Broadband subscriptions – these are available either alone or
together with a core package of equipment. An average cost of £140 inc
VAT represents the capitalised costs associated with the broadband
provision under the scheme. Individual pricing will vary as this is a
consumer model.

f. Other – not applicable

g. Any additional costs derived from the use of the Barclaycard pre-pay
system – Barclaycard are a sub-contractor to Capita Business Services
and hence all costs are included in the total cost of the managed service
contract, with Capita. The cost of marketing, eligibility checking,
processing (including issue of the Barclaycard) is approximately £50 per
successful application (unsuccessful applications do not attract a charge
to Becta)

Although the data is not available under the headings you have provided
above for the reasons given alongside each of your headings a. – f, we
can advise that the percentage of current redemptions (see value above) on
a ‘per package’ breakdown basis is as follows:

· Full package (device, connectivity and support) 74.38%

· Device only (device and support) 25.32%

· Connectivity only 0.293%

7. Of the computer hardware and software purchased, details of how much of
this equipment has been retained by the original recipient for:

a. 12 months

b. 24 months

c. 36 months

This is too early to say.

8. The total number of staff employed to administer the Home Access
programme, and the total salary cost of those staff members.

We currently have 59 people employed within Becta on supporting the
programme; however, many of these are on short term contracts to support
specific activities. Actual numbers have varied throughout the life of
the programme with more being employed at start up to support the pilots
and procurement and commissioning work required. The overall cost of
staff throughout the life of the programme is £4,605,406.06

The processing of grant applications is carried out by Capita Business
Services under a managed services contract valued at £18.1M.

Yours sincerely

Darren Gartside

Darren Gartside

Enquiries, Complaints and Appeals Manager

Home Access Programme

Becta - Leading Next Generation Learning

Email: [email address]

Office: 02476 797233

[mobile number]

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