Virgin Media launches cut-price broadband for those on benefits
VIRGIN Media will launch a cut-price broadband plan aimed at those facing financial difficulty in the Covid crisis.
The budget service, to be offered to those receiving Universal Credit, will cost £15 a month with no fixed-term contract. Customers will receive a limited speed of 15 Mbps, designed to help the most vulnerable stay online and apply for jobs during uncertain times.
People taking up the broadbandonly plan will have to provide proof of their Universal Credit status.
Virgin Media Essential Broadband will be available from the autumn, initially for the company’s existing customers. When the account holder is no longer receiving Universal Credit they can continue using the service at £23 per month or move to another package, the firm said.
Chief operating officer Jeff Dodds said: “Many are finding it more difficult to make ends meet and facing financial uncertainty. At the same time, the role of broadband in helping people to stay connected has never been clearer.
“We wanted to make sure that those customers receiving benefit payments were able to access reliable, hassle-free connectivity with enough speed to carry out essential online activities.”
The move comes amid mounting warnings of mass unemployment when the Government’s furlough scheme comes to an end in October.