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Free SIM cards available to those in data poverty

by Emily Maguire

Knowsley Libraries have partnered with the Good Things Foundation, to offer free SIM cards to those who are experiencing data poverty.

The National Databank scheme is supported by UK mobile networks Vodafone, O2 and Three, and offers vital connections for anyone cut off from the basic daily activities most people take for granted, such as accessing services online, preparing for a job interview, finding essential health information online or indeed keeping in touch with loved ones.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “We are living in a digital age and increasingly, services that we all require to go about our daily lives are moving online.

“Living in data poverty can restrict access to education, welfare, health and work as well as increasing the risk of social isolation. The National Databank scheme is a fantastic way to support people who are struggling to access to the online world we so often take for granted.”

If you’re a Knowsley resident and meet the eligibility criteria listed below, then visit your local library to pick up a free SIM card.

Eligibility criteria

To be able to receive data through the National Databank you must:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • And be from a low-income household

You must also qualify in one of the following statements:

  • Have no access or insufficient access to the internet at home
  • Have no or insufficient access to the internet when away from the home
  • Cannot afford their existing monthly contract or top up

A person can have access to data for up to 12 months and we are unable to guarantee that the SIM cards will be compatible with all devices.

Find your nearest library:

Halewood Library – The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH.

Huyton Library – Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD.

Kirkby Library – Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY.

Prescot Library – The Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinal Street, Prescot, L34 5GA.

Stockbridge Library – The Withens, Stockbridge Village, L28 1AB.

Knowsley’s libraries are open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.