REG-Capita Group PLC: Capita wins contract to deliver Home Access grant
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19 October 2009 CAPITA WINS CONTRACT TO DELIVER HOME ACCESS GRANT The Capita Group Plc ("Capita") has signed a contract with Becta to manage grant administration for the Home Access Programme, which provides computers and connectivity to low-income families so that children are able to enhance their learning at home. The contract is valued at £15.7 million from 16th October 2009 to June 2011. Paul Pindar, Chief Executive of The Capita Group Plc, commented: "We are delighted to be playing a part in delivering this service, which is key to ensuring that every child has an equal chance to enjoy the benefits of the internet to support their learning at home. Utilising our proven experience in service administration, Capita will support Becta in delivering a successful programme." Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive, Becta, says: "The appointment of Capita to manage the grant administration for the Home Access programme brings us one step closer to delivering the aspiration that every learner has an equal chance to tap into the benefits of the internet to enhance their learning. It is vitally important that we ensure effective delivery to eligible families, and we are confident that by working with Capita we can achieve this objective." -ends- For further information: The Capita Group Plc Tel: 020 7799 1525 Paul Pindar, Chief Executive Shona Nichols, Corporate Communications Director Media enquiries Capita press office Eleanor Pinkerton Tel: 020 7654 2386 or 020 7654 2399 (out of hours) Note to editors The Capita Group Plc is the UK's leading provider of BPO and integrated professional support service solutions. With 36,000 people at more than 300 sites, including 59 business centres across the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and India, the Group uses its expertise, infrastructure and scale benefits to transform its clients' services, driving down costs and adding value. Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (CPI.L), and is a constituent of the FTSE100 with revenues for 2008 of £2,441 million. Further information on The Capita Group Plc can be found at: http:// www.capita.co.uk Becta is the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective use of technology through learning. It is Becta's ambition to utilise the benefits of technology to create a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for learners of all ages and abilities, enabling them to achieve their potential. Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the Home Access programme in September 2008 as a positive step towards bringing computers and connectivity to the 35 per cent of families that currently have no access to the internet at home. END