Social Tariff Scheme for Cheaper Broadband

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is running a new social tariff scheme to help struggling families with access to cheaper broadband.

The scheme will also allow internet service providers to verify – with customers’ permission – whether they receive a relevant benefit and, therefore, qualify for extra financial support. These benefits include universal credit, pension credit, income support, income-based job seekers allowance, and income-related employment support service.

In line with this, the government has called on all broadband providers to offer and promote social tariffs – discounted broadband and mobile deals for people on Universal Credit and other benefits.

The scheme could save customers over a hundred pounds a year in some cases. The new system will make the process easier for customers be removing the need for them to have to prove their entitlement to broadband providers as often as every month.

Find out about the scheme and more on the Ofcom website.

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