Broadband and phone bills could be slashed in new scheme

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Boris Johnson’s cost-of-living czar David Buttress wants internet providers to give cheaper deals to those in trouble

Troubled households could lower their broadband and phone bills under a new government scheme.

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The system will help ISPs check if customers are eligible for cheaper deals and encourage businesses to offer customers nationwide deals.

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Mr Buttress wants companies to offer cheaper deals to those struggling in the cost of living crisis.

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Virgin Media O2 has already joined the program and more are invited to follow suit.

What did David Buttress say about the program?

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David Buttress, former JustEat boss, is urging companies to offer more affordable deals to struggling families to alleviate the tremendous pressure on their incomes.

Mr Buttress said: “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 families struggling.

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“Some of the largest network operators have already committed to using this new system and we want other providers to follow suit so that everyone who is eligible for a social plan can access it.”

Currently, people have to prove their benefit payments every month or provide a letter from the job center to access cheaper rates.

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Only 1.% of those entitled to cheaper so-called “social tariffs” apply for it, the government has previously warned.

It comes at a time when everything from groceries and gas to Netflix, Social Security and council taxes are skyrocketing.

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What other cost of living regulations are there?

The Government recently announced its new Household Help campaign for Britons struggling with rising costs.

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Some of the UK’s biggest retailers are offering families cash-saving deals over the summer holidays to help with the cost of living crisis, in which Asda, Sainsburys, Vodafone and Morrisons are participating.

Deals include the expansion of supermarket giant Asda’s scheme to allow children to buy a meal for £1 and the launch of a ‘Feed Your Family for Fiver’ campaign by Sainsbury’s.

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In London’s theaters, children can see a West End show for free with a paying adult in August.

Meanwhile, telecoms company Vodafone is promoting a mobile social plan of £10 a month.

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This comes as the government is under significant pressure to address the pressure on the cost of living, which is one of voters’ top concerns.

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