An estimated 8805 low income households in Edinburgh West are paying too much for their broadband because the UK Government has not forced providers to offer cheaper tariffs, an analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found.
So-called ‘social tariffs’, which typically offer broadband access between £10 and £20 a month, are only currently offered by some providers. But changes to the law that came into force last year mean that the Government now can force broadband providers to offer these cheaper deals.
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to offer relief to families facing a cost of living crisis, by forcing broadband providers to offer cheaper deals to vulnerable consumers in Edinburgh.
Research by the House of Commons Library suggests that 8,805 households in Edinburgh West could see a reduction in their bills under the Liberal Democrat proposals. These households are among the seven million across the country that are currently missing out on cheaper internet access.
Christine Jardine, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West said:
“Some of the most vulnerable consumers in Edinburgh West are bracing themselves for a cost of living crisis, with energy bills soaring through the roof, a slash to Universal Credit and unfair Tory tax hikes leaving everyone feeling the squeeze.
“Considering this perfect storm brewing, a reduction in broadband bills could be the breathing space families urgently need this winter.
"Instead, this Conservative Government is choosing to sit on its hands and leave thousands here paying over the odds. The Tories must rethink this approach.”