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A new voucher scheme that will give remote workers free access to local digital hubs has begun operating.

The initiative was announced by the Government earlier this month.

Under the plan, at least 10,000 ‘hot desk’ facilities are being provided free of charge to existing hub users and those availing of the facilities for the first time.

The scheme will initially provide three days of hub use per person between now and the end of August.

There are now 242 remote working hubs across the country.

Workers can book an office or desk space in their local hub through an app called ‘Connected Hubs’ and the average cost of using the hubs is between €15-20 a day.

“This voucher scheme gives people an opportunity to try out our many remote working hubs across the country for free,” said Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.

“Whether you are fitting in some work while on holiday in Ireland or looking to relocate to rural Ireland, Connected Hubs has an option for you,” the minister added.

When she announced the scheme on 8 June, Ms Humphreys also announced funding for the upgrade and promotion of remote working facilities.

At the time, her department said that 12,400 people were using remote working hubs around the country and 1,800 users were registered with the ‘Connected Hubs’ app.

Article Source – New voucher scheme for remote working goes live – Brian O’Donovan – RTE

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