PEERS stung the taxpayer for nearly £100,000 of laptops and iPads to work from home during the pandemic. But thousands of children are still waiting on theirs to do their lessons. Parliament dished out 111 pricey devices to House of Lords members. Peers also claimed for five webcams, three monitors, five laptop chargers, three ethernet cables and a docking station too. And 38 claimed £200 each for a printer too – which totalled £6,251.67. It came as it emerged that 500,000 of 1.3million cheaper laptops promised to needy pupils had not arrived.Ministers have vowed 1.3million devices will be dished out to disadvantaged kids after Boris Johnson shut schools at the start of the month. 800,000 have been handed out to schools so far, on top of the stock they already have. Ex-Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “The rapid speed and scale at which the Government have provided technology for Parliamentarians to work from home contrasts massively with the sluggish and utterly half-hearted approach they’ve taken to giving our young people the resources they need to keep pace with their studies. “Yet again the Government have got their priorities completely wrong.“Our children are our country’s future – they deserve better… Read full this story
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