Terms and conditions for Tech4Families

Last updated: April 25, 2022 8:19 AM

1. The Tech4Families scheme (the “scheme”) is run by the Digital Poverty Alliance “the DPA”, an initiative of the Learning Foundation, registered address Index House, St George’s Lane, Ascot SL5 7ET, Registered Company: 3978344, Registered Charity: 1086306.

How to apply
2. You must apply using either the official online form at https://digitalpovertyalliance.org/application-form/ or using the official paper based form which can be collected in selected Currys stores, or posted to you by texting 07984445476 with APPLY and your home address. Applications which are not made on the official form will not be processed.
3. A list of stores where the paper form can be collected is available online or by SMS text.
4. Paper based forms must be sent to the address shown on the form. There is no charge to make the application, although postal applications will need a stamp affixed. We will not accept hand delivered applications. Forms without postage or forms left at Currys stores will not be accepted.
5. You must not include other information with the form. Please do not send letters, pictures or any other materials with the form. Only responses to the specific questions on the form will be considered, other written notes will be disregarded. To comply with data protection regulations, any other materials will be securely destroyed and cannot be returned. Please do not include any information related to medical or health issues.
6. The DPA nor our partners will not accept responsibility for applications that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind.
7. By submitting an application, you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions, please contact tech4families@digitalpovertyalliance.org or write to the registered office.
8. The DPA reserves the right to refuse applications from anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.

Eligibility
9. Applications must be made by a parent or carer over the age of 18, and are to apply for a laptop for a child between the ages of 4 and 16 on the date that the application is made. There will be no exceptions to this.
10. Only one application per child is permitted. Where a child spends time between two or more households, those households must co-ordinate to ensure that only one application is made.
11. Each household may apply for up to two children subject to 9 above. The applications should be submitted separately.
12. Applicants and their child must be permanent residents in the UK, and have been in the UK for at least the last six months.
13. Until further notice, the Tech4Families scheme will support families within the following areas. We will not accept applications from outside these areas. There will be no exceptions to this.
a) Staffordshire: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stafford, East Staffordshire, Newcastle under Lyme, Lichfield, South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase local authorities
b) West Cumbria: Copeland and Allerdale local authorities
c) Norfolk Coast: Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Great Yarmouth local authorities)
d) Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot: Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot local authorities
e) Ayrshire: North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire local authorities

You should confirm that you live within one of these local authority areas. A local authority is also known as a local council, and may for example be who you pay Council Tax to or receive Council Tax benefit from. If you are unsure, your local library will be able to advise. There will be an announcement if and when the scheme is made available more widely.

14. Applicants will self-confirm that the child does not have access to an adequate laptop currently. The DPA will never ask you to confirm your income, bank details or for any other financial information. However, you will be asked to provide a verifier who can confirm that the child, and therefore your household, has a genuine need that cannot be met otherwise. We would ask families to consider this when applying for laptops to ensure that those with genuine need can be helped.
15. In applying, you confirm that you are eligible to apply, and that there is no reason why you are not permitted to accept the device. No details may be changed after application without cancelling that application and starting again. You will lose your place on our waiting list if you do this.
16. The DPA reserves all rights to disqualify your application if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Tech4Families scheme.

Verifiers
17. Applicants will be asked to provide a Verifier. A Verifier must be from one of the following categories and must work with the child on a professional basis (i.e. not be solely a family friend). They must not be related to the child.
a) Teacher at the child’s school
b) CAB adviser who knows the child and advises the family
c) Librarian who knows the child and advises the family
d) Local elected Councillor who knows the child and advises the family
e) Job Centre representative who knows the child and advises the family
f) Staff representative of a charity registered with the Charity Commission working in the local community who knows the child and supports the family (including food banks and other community groups).
18. Verifiers will only be accepted where their email address is either a) on the domain of the body they are representing, or b) where it is the email address held by the Charity Commission and listed on their Charity Commission online profile. Under no circumstances will private emails not affiliated with the workplace be accepted for verifiers and only these two criteria will be accepted. If a Verifier is unsure whether they meet 17.a) above, they should talk to whoever manages their IT and email addresses. Normally, if the second part of the email address after @ matches the name of their organisation, this will indicate it does.
19. Applicants must seek the permission of their Verifier before providing their contact information on the form.
20. Verifiers will be asked to complete a separate form to confirm that they believe there is a genuine need for a laptop (and where appropriate, connectivity support) to be provided. If a Verifier is not certain or feels uncomfortable, they can email tech4families@digitalpovertyalliance.org with any questions.
a) Online applications will generate an email to the Verifier within 24 hours.
b) Postal applications will generate an email to the Verifier within 14 days of receipt.
21. The verification form can only be completed online, and there will be no paper based version of this form. Verifiers will be asked to complete this form within 28 days, otherwise the application will lapse.

Assessment
22. Applications will be processed in the order in which verification forms are received. Applicants are encouraged to remind their Verifiers to complete the form.
23. Applications will be assessed in the following way:
Priority 1: There is no device in the household
Priority 2: There is no device with a physical keyboard in the household (normally a laptop, or tablet with keyboard attachment).
Priority 3: There is such a device in the household, but it is not suitable for the child to use for learning.
Ineligible: The child has access to a device, verification has failed, these Terms and Conditions have not been met, or another reason.

24. Those who are ineligible will be informed with 28 days of being noted as such. They will be informed either by email if this has been provided, or by post if not. A category for why they have been ineligible will be given, and advice on how to reapply if appropriate. Reapplication will normally only be appropriate if, for example, the email address given for a Verifier has bounced, or the Verifier has not completed the form within 28 days.

25. Each week, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. To balance need and a “first come first served” system:
– In any given week, Priority 1 applicants will be listed in the order in which their verification form was received, then Priority 2 on the same basis, then Priority 3 on the same basis.
– This weekly list will be added to the base of the list before. Priority 1 applications will not supersede Priority 2 or 3 applications from the previous week.
– The waiting list will be cleared down at the point where the scheme becomes national, meaning that those on the waiting list will be removed, but will be invited to reapply.

26. Not all eligible applicants will receive a laptop. The number of laptops provided will be dependent on the amount of funds raised through the DPA Pennies campaign in Currys.
27. Each month, we will notify successful Applicants by email if provided, otherwise by text or by post, if they are to receive a laptop. At this point, to fulfil the order, the name, address, email and mobile number of the Applicant (but not the details of the child or any other information) will be shared with our laptop provider and their delivery company.
28. The decision of the Digital Poverty Alliance with regard to the success or otherwise of all applications is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding this.

The device
29. The type of laptop device will be agreed between the DPA and the laptop provider. Applicants cannot influence the device type. Both new and refurbished devices will be issued and allocation will be random.
30. Applicants are applying for a laptop, and may, at our discretion, also receive connectivity support. Applicants are asked to confirm that it will be used by their child to support their learning.
31. The device provided is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
32. The DPA reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the Tech4Families scheme where it becomes necessary to do so in their sole discretion.

Limitation of liability
33. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Digital Poverty Alliance, the Learning Foundation, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the Applicant or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up a device except where it is caused by the negligence of the DPA, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
34. The device will be owned by the Applicant upon delivery. As the laptop is a gift, the DPA, their laptop providers and any other agents or distributors cannot accept responsibility for its ongoing care or warranty. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Data protection and publicity
35. The DPA has a strong commitment to protecting your privacy, and we will use your personal data in line with these Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy is available at https://learningfoundation.org.uk/privacy-policy and a postal copy may be obtained by contacting us using the details above or through the website.
36. By applying, you agree that any personal information provided by you with your application may be held and used by the DPA or its agents and suppliers to administer the scheme. This will include passing your details to our laptop providers and their delivery agents.
37. We will ask Applicants to confirm as part of their application whether they are happy to participate in surveys related to the scheme, to help us measure the impact and benefit of Tech4Families. If you agree to this, we will send you surveys by email.
38. We will ask Applicants to confirm as part of their application whether they are happy to participate in publicity related to the scheme. If you confirm this, we may contact you in relation to interviews, quotes, stories about impact, photography or press opportunities.

Governing law
39. This scheme and all related matters will be governed by English law and applicants submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
40. The DPA reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on the website.