Feeds

UK.gov ditches home PC subsidies

Who did they benefit anyway?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

People who have got jobs and can afford to buy their own home computers will no longer be offered a government tax break to buy PCs after 6 April, when The Home Computing Initiative is scrapped.

Through HCI, firms rented computers to their employees, for a pre-tax monthly fee.

About 1,250 companies had joined the government scheme, which was abandoned by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, in yesterday's budget. In 2004 about a quarter that number of firms had shown any interest.

Press reports suggested that HCI had become a victim of its own success. It would have cost the government £300m in lost tax revenues over the next three years at its current rate of subscription.

The Home Computer Initiative Alliance, which was funded by BT, Intel and Microsoft, to promote the scheme, was not available to comment.

Intellect, the IT trade association, predictably lamented the scheme's demise, while the Personal Computer Association kept quiet.

Anyone can get a cheap PC made in China, marketed from Texas, on similar terms to the government scheme anyway, except with interest free credit, it's theirs to own.

How much of the benefit of this subsidy was going to the participating multinationals who don't need any help improving their grip on the British market?.®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.