IT skills course axed over 'barmy' red tape

A government-backed IT training scheme to equip disabled people with basic computer skills has been abandoned by a charity furious at the “barmy” red tape it inflicted.

Disability Essex told the firm providing the IT course “stuff your contract,” after keeping up with the required paperwork generated 4,500 sides of A4, weighing a reported total of 6lbs.

Trying to put the red-tape mountain into context, the charity also told the Mirror that it had to create 50 pages of A4 per student, which even had to state whether PCs were switched on.

Only 97 of the 250 intended students made it onto the course, conceived by the Skills Funding Agency, before the charity’s Richard Boyd said he no longer wanted the grant.

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