A flexible support fund set up by the Department of Labor and Pensions and TalkTalk as a form of assistance to help people with Universal Credit
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A new scheme, called the flexible support fund, was set up as a form of assistance to help people Universal creditby helping to fund an internet connection at home.
Created in partnership between the Department of Labor and Pensions and TalkTalk, it aims to get people back into employment.
Those who feel eligible for free broadband access, which has a maximum speed of up to 40 Mbps, will need to increase this with their JobCentre Plus work coach.
Then your work coach decides if you can be accepted for the coupon, Hull Live reports.
If you are deemed to be eligible, you will then receive a coupon covering you for six months – and there is no obligation to enter into a TalkTalk contract thereafter.
However, you will not be covered for extras such as TV services or voice calls.
TalkTalk starts at £ 22 a month, so vouchers will be worth at least £ 132 each.
TalkTalk and DWP tested the voucher scheme in Greater Manchester and Cheshire at the start of the second prison in 2020, and it has now been introduced across the country.
MoneySavingExpert founder Martin described the deal as part of his “Bill buster” episode on the Martin Lewis Money Show live show. ITV.
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He said, “If you’re out of work, your JobCentre may be able to connect you to TalkTalk to get a free six-month broadband connection for job seekers.”
If you are not eligible for free TalkTalk broadband and are claiming benefits, Lewis has highlighted two more BT and Virgin offerings that are low.
“If you have benefits, BT Home Essentials and Virgin Essential are around £ 15 to £ 20 a month,” he said.
“Take a look at these two because they can be cheaper than long-term cheap deals than competing market ones.”
BT Home Essentials has an average speed of 67 Mbps and costs £ 15 a month for fiber broadband or £ 10 a month just for calls with a 12-month contract.
Since there are no early exit fees, you can leave earlier if your circumstances change.
Both new and existing customers can apply for this package if they claim one of the following benefits:
Pension loan (guarantee loan)
Employment and support allowance (you must claim an income-based ESA, or if you receive an income-based ESA, your income-based ESA must be higher)
Jobseeker’s Allowance (Must Require Income-Based JSA, or if you receive Income-Based JSA, your Income-Based JSA must be higher)
Virgin Essential also costs £ 15 a month and you get 15 Mbps broadband speeds.
This package is for the Internet only, so calls or TV are not included, and you must already be a Virgin Media customer and claim Universal Credit.
The deal is valid for a 30-day current contract, so you are not tied to a longer period of time.