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A housing scheme in Essex will take the step of installing broadband in the homes of 2,000 of its elderly residents.

Basildon Council's St George’s Community Housing will provide both computers and high-speed internet connections to the old people in time for the new year.

Steve Shynn, interim chief executive of St George's, told the Southend Echo that the service is perfectly-suited to pensioners who wish to easily access information by getting online.

Mr Shynn told the newspaper: "We plan to open up new opportunities for our residents by helping them to surf the web.

"I hope this helps people to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as accessing services and information about health, hobbies and employment."

Last year the British Computer Society launched a remote assistance scheme providing problem-solving help to elderly broadband users.

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