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A great initiative – £15 broadband and phone from BT for UC claimants

We were really pleased to read about a great new initiative from BT this weekend which has been created in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Starting from June, BT will launch a ‘market-leading social tariff’ called BT Home Essentials, connecting those in receipt of Universal Credit and anyone on legacy benefits such as Employment Support Allowance and Pension’s Credit, with affordable fibre broadband and calls.

The move is part of BT’s new pledge to support 4.6 million struggling households, after research by the telecommunications giant found that since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, almost three quarters (74%) of Brits would find it difficult to improve their financial situation without connectivity to the internet.

At Caridon Foundation, we know how important access to the internet and phone is to vulnerable individuals, not least to help them stay in touch with loved ones, particularly over the last year, but also to enable them to look for work and start to rebuild a life of independence. Fast, reliable connectivity has never been as important, especially as we know more people than ever need help getting back on their feet after the pandemic.

The package offers average download speeds of 36 Mbps and 700 minutes of calls for £15 a month – a saving of around £240 a year compared to its £27.99 Fibre Essential plan which applies for all other households.

Alternatively, eligible customers can also opt for average speeds of 67 Mbps and unlimited calls for £20 per month.