East Lothian Council

East Lothian Council tenants to benefit from digital funding support

Published Thursday 28th September 17

Sandra Thomson TSO assists a tenant

Council tenants will be able to improve their basic digital skills thanks to a £10,000 funding award.

East Lothian Council has been awarded £10,000 from the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA)Community Benefit Fund. Awarded on behalf of the SPA by Scottish housing charity Lintel Trust, this funding will be used to deliver training sessions that will help tenants develop their digital skills and gain confidence in using computers.

Councillor Jim Goodfellow, Cabinet Spokesperson for Housing and Community Wellbeing, said:

"East Lothian is the first area in Scotland to experience the roll out of the Full Service of Universal Credit, which requires applicants to apply for benefits online and keep an on-line ledger regularly updated. It’s crucial that tenants know how to do this so that they can access the help that they need and don’t get into financial difficulties and rent arrears. This money will be used to deliver computing training sessions so that tenants feel confident in accessing online services. We’re also keen to support our older tenants in gaining confidence so that they can enjoy the benefits that the internet can provide and not miss out."

Kate Christie, Senior Business Development Officer at Lintel Trust, said:

"We were very impressed with East Lothian Council's commitment to helping their tenants gain the digital skills needed to access online services. This is exactly the kind of community project that SPA and Lintel Trust are aiming to support. The Fund is providing financial backing for a wide range of different community projects, all aimed at improving lives in Scotland."

Clive Feeney, Chief Officer commented:

"We are delighted that SPA’s Partner, East Lothian Council, have utilised their share of the SPA Community Benefit Fund to help tenants develop their digital skills and gain confidence in using computers. It demonstrates how the Fund can be effectively used to help the communities we work in."

Lintel Trust has been appointed to manage a Community Benefit Fund of up to £300,000 on behalf of Scottish Procurement Alliance. The SPA Community Benefit Fund is accumulated from procurement efficiencies generated by SPA partners from the collaborative procurement of construction and refurbishment works to social housing stock. Up to £300,000 will be invested in Scottish communities through Founder Partner referrals over the next two years.

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