MORE struggling Brits could get their broadband and phone bills slashed under new plans.
Ministers will next week launch a new scheme to help internet providers to check whether their customers are entitled to cheaper deals.
Boris Johnson’s cost of living tsar, David Buttress, is urging firms to offer more cut-price offers to struggling families to help ease the huge squeeze on incomes.
Virgin Media O2 have already signed up to the scheme, with others urged to follow suit.
Currently people have to show proof of their benefits payments or provide a letter from the job-centre every month to get access to cheaper rates.
Just 1.2 per cent of those who are eligible to get cheaper so-called ‘social tariffs’ apply to do so, the Government says.
Former Just Eat boss, Mr Buttress, said last night: “Times are tough and families across the country are feeling the pinch, so we’re making it easier for companies to reduce phone and broadband bills for struggling families.
“Some of the biggest network operators have already committed to take advantage of this new scheme and we want to see other providers follow their lead so that everyone eligible for a social tariff can access one.”