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The government has launched a new initiative design to help families from poorer backgrounds take advantage of broadband services.

According to the Financial Times, the 9.2 million British adults who are not currently using the internet will be given the opportunity to purchase a refurbished computer for just £98.

Remploy hopes to sell 8,000 computers this year through the initiative, helping more families to take advantage of online services.

UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, who announced the scheme, said that motivation and inspiration are still two of the biggest barriers to using the internet. However, she noted that perception of price is clearly "another big deal for people".

"A good price point is certainly part of what helps people get online," Ms Lane Fox stated.

"We have an opportunity here in the UK to make sure we are achieving internet skills and usage as high as TV usage. We should be using our old computers and refurbishing them to close the gap in this country."

The Race Online 2012 movement is currently spearheading attempts to improve digital participation in time for next year's London Olympic Games.

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