TV and broadband provider Sky has made an offer to anyone who claims Universal Credit or State Pension to help the hardest hit by the cost of living crisis. The company has launched a new deal that will save people on benefits £90.
Existing customers can claim the deal which is named Broadband Basics. The contract costs £20 a month – a reduction of £5 a month. The tariff will offer 36M/bs broadband for 18 months meaning over the course of the contract period a person will save £90.
Once your contract has come to an end, you’ll revert back to whatever the standard rate costs at the time. If you need to leave your broadband deal before the 18 months is up, you won’t be charged an exit fee.
The same £20 deal is available if you have Now TV, which is part of Sky, and is called Now Broadband Basics. Again, this will be available to existing customers who are claiming Universal Credit or Pension Credit.
The Now broadband deal is a rolling monthly contract and you’ll need to give at least 31 days notice if you want to leave. There is no exit fee. Both deals are designed to help low income households who are struggling during the cost of living crisis.
It comes after communications regulator Ofcom warned millions of families are missing out on a £144 saving on their broadband bills by not taking advantage of social tariffs. Currently six broadband providers – BT, Community Fibre, G.Network, Hyperoptic, KCOM and Virgin Media O2 – offer at least one of these specially discounted deals.
These packages are priced at between £10 and £20 a month for broadband speeds ranging from 10Mbit/s to 67Mbit/s – you can see a full list of what is available below. Lindsey Fussell from Ofcom said: “We’ve been calling on broadband firms to do more to support customers suffering financial hardship.
“So we’re pleased Sky has responded with a special discount for people on low incomes. We want to see all providers step up and offer these packages, and promote them more widely.”
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