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One woman was able to save over £300 thanks to a Martin Lewis money-saving tip in his Money Saving Expert newsletter.

Caroline is disabled and claiming Personal Independence Payment.

It wasn’t until reading the MSE newsletter that she realised she may be eligible for a social tariff and be able to make savings.

She wrote to the MSE team: “My broadband came up for renewal and they wanted to increase my bill to over £40/month.

I saw MSE’s information about social tariffs – I am disabled on personal independence payment, so I looked at your list of providers and found that Vodafone do a social tariff for £12 a month.

“I would never have thought to even look at the social tariffs before MSE’s information about them! Thank you, you have saved me over £300.”

There a millions on a low income who are missing out on cheap broadband because they have not opted for a social tariff.

There are more than 10 ‘social tariffs’, which give long-term, consistently cheap prices that could help people save more than £100s each year on average.

 

Who qualifies for a social tariff? 

If an individual or someone in their household claims Universal Credit, they could switch to any of the tariffs available.

All major providers also include people on Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support.

Some providers might include additional benefits, like Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance.

The person receiving the benefit needs to be the main person on the contract.

How to apply

First, people need to check if their r current provider offers a social tariff. Most tariffs can be applied for online, or by phone. People just need to ask to switch.

Providers will usually recheck eligibility every 12 months.

Full list of broadband and phone social tariffs

4th Utility Social Tariff

£13.99 a month

30 Mbit/s

BT Home Essentials

£15 a month

Around 36 Mbit/s

BT Home Essentials 2

£20 a month

Around 67 Mbit/s

Community Fibre Essential

£12.50 a month

20 Mbit/s

Connect Fibre Basic Essentials

£20 per month

50 Mbps

Country Connect Social Tariff

£15 a month

50 Mbit/s

County Broadband Essential Broadband Tariff

£15 per month

15 Mbps

EE Basics

£12 a month

Up to 25 Mbit/s

G.Network Essential Fibre Broadband

£15 a month

50 Mbit/s

Grayshott Gigabit Connect

£19 a month

100 Mbit/s

Hey!Broadband Everyday Fibre

£16 per month

100 Mbps

Hyperoptic Fair Fibre 50

£15 a month

50 Mbit/s

Hyperoptic Fair Fibre 150

£20 a month

150 Mbit/s

KCOM Full Fibre Flex

£14.99 a month

30 Mbit/s

Lightning Fibre Social Tariff

£15 a month

50 Mbit/s

Lothian Broadband Social Tariff

£19.99 a month

100 Mbit/s

NOW Broadband Basics

£20 a month

36 Mbit/s

RunFibre social tariff

£20 a month

100 Mbps

Shell Essentials Fast Broadband

£15 a month

11 Mbps

Shell Essentials Fibre Broadband

£20 a month

38 Mbps

Sky Broadband Basics

£20 a month

36 Mbit/s

SMARTY Social Tariff

£12 a month

5G where available

Truespeed Basic

£20 a month

30 Mbps

Virgin Media Essential Broadband

£12.50 a month

15 Mbit/s

Virgin Media Essential Broadband Plus

£20 a month

54 Mbit/s

Vodafone Fibre 1 Essentials

£12 per month

38 Mbps

Vodafone Fibre 2 Essentials

£20 per month

73 Mbps

VOXI For Now

£10 a month

5G where available

Wildanet Helping Hand Social Tariff**

£20 a month

30-100 Mbit/s

WightFibre Essential Broadband

£16.50 a month

100 Mbit/s

YouFibre Social Tariff

£15 a month

50 Mbps

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