Four years after its launch, the government is to revamp its PC loan scheme after industry treated initial proposals with indifference.
The Home Computing Initiative (HCI) was introduced as a way to encourage greater home computer use by offering firms tax breaks if they loaned PCs to their employees, working much like a car leasing scheme.
But Cabinet Office minister Douglas Alexander acknowledged that take-up of the initiative has been poor.
The government is now seeking businesses views on how the HCI can be made to work.
"Take-up of HCI schemes in the UK has been limited due to a variety of factors, including low awareness of the tax exemption and a lack of knowledge on the part of employers about how to administer and implement schemes," he said in a statement.
"The proposed guidelines aim to help employers overcome these barriers."
No figures of current take up were available.
The scheme would act as a fillip to home working, because it would allow firms to ensure that external equipment had the necessary security provisions, according to David Roberts, chief executive of blue chip user group The Corporate IT Forum.
"If it is to be a success, and I hope it is, the government needs to promote it and make sure that it eliminates any tax liabilities for employer and employee as far as it can," he said.
Under the HCI, staff accept deductions from their salary to cover the loaned PC. At the end of the loan period, typically three years, they can then buy the PC at a "fair market price".
During this period, businesses benefit from not having to pay National Insurance contributions on loan fees.
The Office of the e-Envoy is seeking views on whether this is the best way to promote the scheme.
Organisations such as Microsoft, BT and the Institute of Directors have already been contacted to solicit their opinions.
Other businesses are encouraged to send responses to the consultation here.
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