If you live in the UK and pay for a monthly subscription to a major broadband provider such as Sky, BT or Virgin, you might be eligible for a massive discount.
A new report from the telecom brainboxes at Ofcom suggests that 95% of eligible UK homes are failing to claim a 'Social Tariff' broadband deal which massively cuts monthly costs and lets you avoid a long-term contract.
Anybody claiming benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit or PIP, is able to apply for the discount which can cut your monthly broadband costs to as little as £12 per month.
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So if you think you might be eligible, this week could be the perfect time to get in touch with your internet provider and ask them about Social Tariffs.
Here's how much the different plans cost across various broadband providers:
- Virgin Media Essentials (15Mbps speed) – £12.50 per month
- BT Home Essentials (36Mbps speed) – £15 per month
- Sky Basics (36Mbps speed) – £20 per month
- NOW Basics (36Mbps speed) – £20 per month
- Hyperoptic Fair Fibre (50Mbps speed) – £15 per month
- Vodafone social broadband tariff (38Mbps speed) – £12 per month
You'll need to provide your name and address and give permission to the broadband providers to check if you're eligible.
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Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom's Group Director of Network and Communications, said: "Hundreds of thousands of customers are now benefiting from the huge savings that can be made from securing a social tariff. But millions are still missing out on superfast speeds for super low prices—with many not aware they even exist.
"We're urging anyone who thinks they could be eligible for a discount deal to contact their provider today and potentially save hundreds of pounds. Providers should also do much more to help these customers find and access these deals, at a time when these savings could make a massive difference."
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