Those who are facing financial difficulty caused by the pandemic and cannot afford broadband will be thrown a lifeline, as Virgin Media are to launch a budget broadband.
Those who are receiving Universal Credit will be offered the budget service with no fixed-term contract at a price of just £15 per month.
Customers will receive a limited speed of 15Mbps, which will help those to stay online to apply for jobs as we are in unprecedented times.
Initially the new service will only be available to existing customers from the autumn.
Chief operating officer Jeff Dodds said, “We know that these are tough times and that there are many people 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.
“Whether it’s keeping in touch with friends and family, finding advice and support or searching for jobs and working remotely – broadband underpins it all.
“With this all in mind, 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.”
Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman added, “I want to see continued efforts to protect consumers beyond the pandemic and welcome Virgin Media offering a permanent package giving vulnerable and low-income families the flexibility to continue to benefit from reliable connectivity.”