At the start of the first lockdown the government promised 600,000 laptops and devices for children across the country so that they could access online learning when schools closed. The majority of children across the country will be learning from home over the coming weeks and the government are still yet to deliver the devices promised to struggling communities.
Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by many concerned parents and headteachers alike regarding the lack of support. In one instance a parent was allegedly told that there was a waiting list of over 200 for a laptop or device because the school simply did not have the resources.
Jon Cruddas said: "Today I have written to the Secretary of State for Education urging the government to make good on their promise to close the digital divide and ensure that no child is left behind. In the meantime, 200 on a waiting list is a stark reminder of this government's failure to support our most vulnerable families and I am working with headteachers and the community to address the issue locally."
The letter to the Secretary of State for Education can be found in full by clicking HERE
The local MP has also reached out to a number of businesses across Dagenham and Rainham asking if they will kindly either donate laptops to schools or make a financial contribution for schools to invest in devices.
Jon added: "Quite frankly it is a disgrace and an embarrassment that I find myself reaching out to local businesses to provide support which the government should be providing. I know this is a big ask of any business during a time of national crisis when many are struggling to stay afloat."
Jon Cruddas has put out an open invitation for businesses to come forward and offer support. Business owners can get in touch direct by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org