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The prime minister is today (Tuesday, September 23rd) expected to announce the availability of £300 million for families which lack a broadband connection.

Speaking at the Labour Party conference, Gordon Brown will detail plans for a £300 million scheme aimed at providing high-speed internet access to children at home.

Vouchers of up to £700 will be given to households, in order that school children do not slip behind with their learning.

"Alongside our increased investment in free child-care this shows that even in tough economic times we are able to take further steps to reduce inequality and improve life chances for millions of children," education minister Jim Knight told the Daily Mail.

Statistics show that only 56 per cent of homes currently enjoy a broadband connection, meaning around 1.4 million youngsters are deprived of the service.

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