Virgin Media has launched a new broadband service for customers facing financial difficulty.
Launching this autumn, Virgin Media Essential Broadband will be available to those receiving the Universal Credit benefit and will come with a speed of 15 Mbps and a fixed price of £15 per month.
It will initially be available to existing Virgin Media customers who will need to provide proof of their Universal Credit status.
Jeff Dodds, Chief Operating Officer for Virgin Media, said: “We know that these are tough times and that there are many people finding it more difficult to make ends meet and facing financial uncertainty. At the same time, the role of broadband in helping people to stay connected has never been clearer.
The latest official figures show that there were 5.6 million people on Universal Credit at 9 July 2020 – which is an increase of 2% from June 2020.
Earlier this month the Bank of England warned UK unemployment would hit 2.5 million after the Covid-19 slump.