Universal Credit and other DWP benefit claimants can cut monthly broadband bills to £12.50

Benefit claimants can slash their broadband costs and save a few quid on their bills ahead of the summer.

The fastest way to see if you can switch to a cheaper package is to get in touch with your provider directly, and if you're receiving benefits like Universal Credit or Pension Credit, you might be able to change to a social tariff. A complete list of providers offering this service can be found on the Ofcom website here.

A broadband social tariff could set you back as little as £12.50 per month, and while there's typically a lower speed limit attached to that price, over the summer months this minor compromise could be the perfect solution for freeing up some extra cash.

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It can be quite baffling knowing if the benefit you are claiming qualifies for a social tariff. Below is a rundown of all the social tariffs available and the benefits that make you eligible for them, reports the Daily Record.

A new system introduced in 2022 makes it faster for broadband providers to check eligibility by accessing a special Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) IT system - with the claimant's consent. Benefits the DWP's system will be able to confirm entitlement for include: Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance and Income-Related Employment Support Allowance.

The providers listed below are taken from the latest guidance on social tariff broadband packages from Ofcom. You can get direct links to the broadband provider websites here. The broadband providers listed may not be available in your area, we’ve marked those that cover the entire UK as ‘UK’.

Universal Credit

  • BT - UK

  • EE Basic (Now offered through BT) - UK

  • 4th Utility - UK

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

  • NOW Broadband - UK

  • Sky Broadband - UK

  • Virgin Media - UK

  • Vodafone - UK

Pension Credit

  • BT - UK

  • EE Basic (Now offered through BT) - UK

  • 4th Utility - UK

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

  • NOW Broadband - UK

  • Sky Broadband - UK

  • Virgin Media - UK

  • Vodafone - UK

Attendance Allowance

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) / Adult Disability Payment (ADP)

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

  • Vodafone - UK

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

  • Vodafone - UK

Income Support

  • BT - UK

  • EE Basic (Now offered through BT) - UK

  • 4th Utility - UK

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

  • NOW Broadband - UK

  • Sky Broadband - UK

  • Virgin Media - UK

  • Vodafone - UK

Jobseeker's allowance

  • BT - UK

  • EE Basic (Now offered through BT) - UK

  • 4th Utility - UK

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

  • NOW Broadband - UK

  • Sky Broadband - UK

  • Virgin Media - UK

  • Vodafone - UK

Employment and support allowance

  • BT - UK

  • EE Basic (Now offered through BT) - UK

  • 4th Utility - UK

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

  • NOW Broadband - UK

  • Sky Broadband - UK

  • Virgin Media - UK

  • Vodafone - UK

Care Leaver's Support

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

  • KCOM

  • Housing Benefit

  • Hyperoptic - Scotland, England and Wales

Reduced Earnings Allowance

  • Vodafone - UK

10 social broadband tariff deals

Here are 10 to give you an idea of monthly costs, speeds available and eligibility.

BT Home Essentials (No Income)

  • Monthly cost: £15

  • Average broadband speed: around 36mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above list

BT Home Essentials (Unlimited 36Mbps)

  • Monthly cost: £20

  • Average broadband speed: around 36Mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above list

BT Home Essentials (Unlimited 67mbps)

  • Monthly cost: £23

  • Average broadband speed: around 67Mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above list

EE Basic (Now BT Home Essentials)

Monthly cost:from £12 - see BT social tariffs Average broadband speed: around 36mbps Eligibility: various benefits, see above list

Lothian Broadband Social Tariff

  • Monthly cost: £19.99

  • Average broadband speed: 100 Mbps

  • Eligibility: open to all

Sky Broadband Basics

  • Monthly cost: £20

  • Average broadband speed: 36Mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above list

NOW Broadband Basics

  • Monthly cost: £20

  • Average broadband speed: 36Mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above list

Virgin Media Essential Broadband

  • Monthly cost: £12.50

  • Average broadband speed: 15Mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above list

Virgin Media Essential Broadband Plus

  • Monthly cost: £20

  • Average broadband speed: 54Mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above lis

Vodafone Fibre 2 Essentials

  • Monthly cost: £20

  • Average broadband speed: 73Mbps

  • Eligibility: various benefits, see above list