Virgin Media social tariff broadband deal just got easier to claim

More people can now opt for Virgin Media social tariff broadband as it makes it more accessible

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If you claim benefits, it’s worth checking if you can get a cheaper broadband deal with a Virgin Media social tariff as it changes the rules for claimants. 

With most broadband providers hiking prices from April, you will want to be on the lookout for the best broadband deals and SIM-only deals

Those who claim benefits can take advantage of broadband help packages which come at a discounted price, and the good news is Virgin Media has extended the eligibility for its social tariff to more people. We have the full details. 

Can I get a Virgin Media social tariff?

Virgin Media’s social tariff was only available to those on Universal Credit, but this changed on 1 March. Now you can get the social tariff if you claim one of the following: 

  • Pension credit 
  • Income support
  • Income-based employment support allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA)
  • Universal Credit

What Virgin Media social tariffs are available?

Virgin Media offers two social tariffs at different prices. 

For £12.50 per month, you can get their ‘Essential broadband’ plan which gives speeds of 12Mb, or you can opt for their 'Essential broadband plus' plan for £20 per month which gives speeds of 54Mb. 

New and existing Virgin Media customers can opt for the social tariff.

How does Virgin Media’s social tariff compare to others?

Virgin’s social tariff is one of the cheapest available. 

SMARTY (sub-brand of Three) and Vodafone offer faster speeds for less, SMARTY offers an average speed of 30.7Mbps and Vodafone offers 38Mbps - both for £12 per month.

But you don’t need a landline to get Virgin Media and you can avoid any line rental charges. 

Social tariffs offer speeds up to 150Mbps, but the price also rises with it. 

See our full table of social tariff offerings, how much they cost per month, their speeds and eligibility. 

If you aren’t eligible for a social tariff, see if you can haggle for a better deal with your broadband provider. 

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Vaishali Varu
Staff Writer

Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University. She has gained experience writing local stories around Leeds and Leicester, which includes writing for a university publication and Leicester Mercury. 

She has also done some marketing and copywriting for businesses.

When she is not writing about personal finance, Vaishali likes to travel and she's a foodie.