BT will offer fiber broadband at less than half the price to people on universal credit and other government support in the UK, with more than 4 million households able to apply for the plan.
People eligible for the BT Home Essentials package from June will pay £ 15 per month for speeds of around 36 megabits per second (Mbps), while the company’s equivalent offer for those not on credit universal costs £ 32.99 per month.
The average UK fiber deal costs around £ 25 per month, according to comparison site Uswitch.
The social tariff only concerns recipients of universal credit, the guarantee credit element of pension credit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support, and employment and support allowance.
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said: “Fast and reliable connectivity has never been more important than today, with millions of people relying on our networks to get back on their feet afterwards. the pandemic.
“We want to help as many people as possible, which is why at the end of June we will be launching BT Home Essentials, increasing our social tariff eligibility to include all customers with universal credit.
“BT Home Essentials will be available at half the price of our standard fiber plan, helping 4 million potential low-income households save on their bills and stay connected to vital online services.”
It comes as research by the telecommunications company found that nearly a third of Britons have felt more financially vulnerable since the start of the pandemic and a quarter of those fear being cut off if they cannot. pay their bills.
Virgin Media also offers existing customers who use universal credit speeds of around 15Mbps for £ 15 per month.
James Wittams-Smith, business manager of comparison site Usave, told the BBC: “BT’s Home Essentials is entering the market as one of the cheapest packages currently available, and certainly very good value for money for the home. basic fiber.
“It’s great to see companies start to put ethics before profits, especially in today’s climate.
“I hope we start to see more organizations follow suit.”
In March, BT pledged to invest £ 12 billion to get faster broadband connections to 20 million homes, including in remote rural areas, after telecommunications regulator Ofcom unveiled a series of financial incentives to help achieve the government’s goal of creating a ‘gigabit’ Britain.
The government has also announced the next areas to benefit from its £ 5 billion Project Gigabit program to help finance the more expensive provision of next-generation broadband to rural areas.
Over one million hard-to-reach homes and businesses in 15 regions including Cornwall, Cumbria, Tees Valley, Norfolk, Durham and the Isle of Wight have been identified to benefit from the program, which will help cover additional costs that commercial operators will incur providing broadband to more remote locations.