Vir­gin Me­dia launches cut-price broad­band for those on ben­e­fits

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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.

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