If you claim benefits, it’s worth checking if you can get a cheaper broadband deal with a Virgin Media social tariff, as it recently changed the rules for claimants.
With most broadband providers hiking prices back in April, you will want to be on the lookout for the best broadband deals.
Those who claim benefits can take advantage of broadband help packages which come at a discounted price, and the good news is Virgin Media has extended the eligibility for its social tariff to more people. We have the full details.
Can I get a Virgin Media social tariff?
Virgin Media’s social tariff was previously only available to those on Universal Credit. However, this changed back in March and so you can now get the social tariff if you claim one of the following:
- Pension credit
- Income support
- Income-based employment support allowance (ESA)
- Income-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
- Universal Credit
What Virgin Media social tariffs are available?
Virgin Media offers two social tariffs at different prices.
For £12.50 per month, you can get their ‘Essential broadband’ plan which gives speeds of 15Mb/s, or you can opt for their ‘Essential broadband plus’ plan for £20 per month which gives speeds of 54Mb/s.
New and existing Virgin Media customers can opt for the social tariff.
How does Virgin Media’s social tariff compare to others?
Virgin’s social tariff is one of the cheapest available.
Vodafone offers faster speeds for less, at 38Mbp/s for £12 per month.
However you don’t need a landline to get Virgin Media and you can avoid any line rental charges.
Social tariffs offer speeds up to 150Mbps, but the price also rises with it.
If you aren’t eligible for a social tariff, see if you can haggle for a better deal with your broadband provider.