Low-income families should get government help to access the internet so their children's schoolwork, which is increasingly Web-based, will not suffer, a welfare organisation said. The call came from the Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre after it and several other organisations surveyed 410 low-income families to find out if they had sufficient resources to allow their children adequate access to the internet. The survey found that even when some poorer families cut spending, including food budgets, children still were not getting enough access to the Web to avoid penalties at school. The survey found more than 70 per cent of schoolchildren were required to finish homework by using the Net, including online exercises and projects that require research. While the majority of interviewees spent HK$100 to HK$200 a month on internet services, 70 per cent said they had to cut back on food spending and other outgoings to afford it. Mrs Cheung, a single, said she skipped breakfast to save the HK$157 monthly cost of internet access for her three children. About 70 per cent said public Net facilities at libraries and community centres were insufficient.