Thousands of disadvantaged young people across the country are being helped to develop valuable digital skills through the Scottish Government’s Connecting Scotland programme.

More than 23,000 iPads and Chromebooks are being distributed among digitally excluded low-income families and care leavers, as part of the latest phase of the £43million programme.

Recipients will also receive mobile data and help to use the internet confidently and safely for up to two years.

Connecting Scotland works with local authorities, public bodies and third sector organisations to reach people across the country.

Communities secretary, Aileen Campbell, said: “Access to the internet brings huge benefits. It provides a way to keep in touch, and is also an important way for people to further their education and find work.”