Millions of households on benefits could save £100s on broadband bills

Millions of households on low incomes are missing out on average savings of almost £150 a year on their broadband bills, according to Ofcom. The industry regulator has called on providers to better advertise discounted deals for those on benefits - see a full list of available tariffs below...

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  • Hi
    I am on ESA contribution based and have been told by BT that I do not qualify for these discounts :( 
  • Neil_Jones
    Neil_Jones Posts: 8,901 Forumite
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    I believe there is a difference between contribution ESA and so-called income-based ESA, and its usually the latter that attracts the help, not the former.  Happy to be corrected.

    Likewise for Jobseeker's Allowance, where contribution based is what you get when you're out of work for up to six months and then you fall to income based where you lose a chunk of it based on savings.

    JSA contribution benefits also attracts next to to "help" in most regards from most providers of, well anything basically until you fall through to income (or Universal Credit as appropriate), then you can get all the help on offer.
  • MandyQue
    MandyQue Posts: 137 Forumite
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    I'm on income related ESA and am interested in these discounts.  My only concern is that the speeds won't be enough for my autistic daughter, who gets very upset indeed if her youtube videos start buffering.  I'm currently on Virgin up to 100mb, to take up their offer would cut that to up to 15mb, which is a huge drop.  
    I'm an MSE winner!
    2x tickets to the o2 Wireless Festival :j
    Summer Sports Set - trampoline, swingball and paddling pool worth £100 :T
  • steveE2
    steveE2 Posts: 1,303 Forumite
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    MandyQue said:
    I'm on income related ESA and am interested in these discounts.  My only concern is that the speeds won't be enough for my autistic daughter, who gets very upset indeed if her youtube videos start buffering.  I'm currently on Virgin up to 100mb, to take up their offer would cut that to up to 15mb, which is a huge drop.  
    Why do you think your speed will be cut to 15Mb?
    There are 2 plans available upto 38Mb £15 and upto 74Mb £20 either are fine for youtube
    What does https://www.broadbandchecker.btwholesale.com/#/ADSL show as available to you?You will need to use the address checker rather than phone number.
  • james_smitha
    james_smitha Posts: 397 Forumite
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    or these people could better budget their money or shop more wisely
  • Neil_Jones
    Neil_Jones Posts: 8,901 Forumite
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    or these people could better budget their money or shop more wisely

    *cough*

  • james_smitha
    james_smitha Posts: 397 Forumite
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    or these people could better budget their money or shop more wisely

    *cough*


    Neil_jones hope that you recover from your cough quickly.

    I had in mind, find out when supermarkets update there short term offers.
    Find out when shops do their date related reductions. Today  16Th May I got some punets of 4 peaches for 40p. Not long ago a bag of 6 apples  for 50p.

    Parents might do better than only takeing 'their' one sprog to school in their car. How about takeing a friend of their sprog as well, then the other parent brings their sprog home from school in the afternoon
  • liz_bartun
    liz_bartun Posts: 183 Forumite
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    My contract with Plusnet is coming to an end so I'm glad I saw this article when I started looking around at what offers are available.

    I'm switching to BT; switching my family's SIM-only plans to them too. Total saving will be £10 per month, plus gaining FTTP and a new router and telephones.

    I had to call them as 'something went wrong' while I was trying to sign up online. Even the call handler had to enter my NINO 3 times before the system would accept it for some reason.

    Call handler automatically added the Alexa phone and free trial of upgraded speed and I had to stop her mid-flow to request different options that I'd seen while trying to sign up online. You can also add TV packages if you want those.

    After my order had finally gone through I then couldn't set up my BTID and had to call again. Apparently it was my email address causing problems this time and I had to use a different one.

    I'm hoping that is the end of the hiccups🤞
  • The BT Broadband/ ESA deal is for income based benefit only. I was told that i do not qualify as i get a small pension from an old employer. I imagine lots of disappointed people will find B.T 's deal is for low income and not x incapacity like myself.
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