Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
According to Arts Council England, libraries have been promised £2.6 million in funding in a bid to provide better Wi-Fi to users.
The Arts Councils announced that a total of 68 local authorities will receive £2,646,078 to provide and enhance free Wi-Fi to library users in over 1,000 libraries. The programme is part of a plan to certify that over 98 per cent of public libraries have easily accessible Wi-Fi by March 2016.
Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, described the initiative as ‘a vital step to ensuring that all public libraries can provide Wi-Fi access to their communities'.
He said: “As more services become available online, this will increasingly make libraries the place to go for people who don't have the access or the confidence to use digital services.”
The increased funding will enable libraries to extend their services and tackle digital exclusion by making it easier for people to develop their digital skills.
The funding scheme is part of the Arts Cuoncil’s Wi-Fi in Public Libraries in England fund, which is being delivered on behalf of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).
Accessibility is the name of this game. Web designers are getting better at addressing the issues, but general awareness of accessibility requirements is still low. This is worrying – websites that are not currently accessible are potentially breaching the Equality Act of 2010. One of the first places to look for help should be the Government Digital Service (GDS), which provides help, advice and guidance on legislation regarding accessibility.
It is surprisingly easy to start meeting the government’s accessibility requirements.
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Poppy Welch looks at the role of local authorities in setting a green driving agenda and the schemes available to councils across England