Struggling with Broadband Costs: A Snapshot of the UK's Digital Dilemma

August 7, 2023 • Chris Bardsley

Struggling with Broadband Costs: A Snapshot of the UK's Digital Dilemma

We're back again to discuss an increasingly important issue – the cost of broadband access. With our children's education and our own livelihoods often depending on reliable internet, staying connected is more vital than ever. But what happens when those costs become too high? Let's take a closer look.

The Broadband Crisis

A report from Money to the Masses tells us that around a million people in the UK have had to disconnect their broadband due to the escalating cost of living. What's more, an article from Which? reveals that as many as six million households are struggling to afford essential telecom services. This is a serious concern as it can hamper children’s learning and limit access to important online services and opportunities.

Enter: Social Tariffs

Your Money reminds us that these tariffs exist to help vulnerable households afford their internet access. But, according to Which?, less than half of eligible households who could benefit from these tariffs are aware they exist.

Large providers like Vodafone, Sky and NOW have joined the social tariff brigade, launching affordable broadband deals to help those on lower incomes stay connected, as reported by Your Money and Which?.

To understand if you might be eligible for a social tariff, look at this helpful guide from Which? and this informative piece from the BBC.

Wrapping Up

So, while there's no denying we're in the midst of a challenging time with rising costs, it's heartening to see steps being taken to alleviate the pressure, particularly when it comes to ensuring our families stay connected.

Remember, you're not alone in this. At Fair for You, we're always here to share useful resources and lend a listening ear.

Stay connected with us for more updates and support.

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