Free laptop for qualifying people in Scotland, during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by Jasmine on 26/06/20 in Articles, Life After Retirement

As you may know, Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to coronavirus.  

It provides iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for people who meet all of the following criteria: 

  • digitally excluded – do not have an appropriate device and/or are not connected to the internet at home  
  • on low incomes, so cannot afford to buy a device or pay for internet access  
  • at risk of isolation because of coronavirus because they are in the extremely high vulnerability group (shielding), or the higher risk of severe illness group. This group includes people who are aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions) and under 70 and instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds, as well as those with a range of underlying health conditions. Please click on the links in bold type for further information.

The main aims of the programme are to help people get access to the services and support they need and enable them to keep in contact with friends and family. Each local authority in Scotland has been given an allocation of equipment and will assess and make awards from this. Individuals who think they may be eligible cannot apply directly, but should contact their local authority for further information. A list of contact numbers can be found here:

Guidance for individuals can be found at  

The closing date for applications is Thursday 2 July 2020 at 5pm


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