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Monday, September 27th, 2021 (7:59 am) - Score 1,632
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Budget UK ISP TalkTalk and the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will today launch a scheme that enables job hunters across the country to apply for a new voucher scheme, which when redeemed will enable them to get 6 months of free broadband via the internet provider’s “Fibre” 35Mbps (FTTC) package.

The vouchers scheme was previously trialled in Greater Manchester and Cheshire during the start of the second UK lockdown last year, and it is now set to be rolled out on a national basis.

Unlike TalkTalk’s existing Fibre 35 package (9Mbps upload) for regular customers (this usually costs from £23 per month on an 18-month term), the special option for jobseekers will not come attached to a lengthy contract (promoted as “no contract“) and users of the service will be unable to add optional extras, such as Pay TV. Voice calls are also not part of the package.

However, users of the package will still receive the key features, such as unlimited data usage, an included wireless router and access to its internet security features. At the end of the 6-month period, customers can optionally choose to either cancel without penalty – provided you send the router back via the supplied prepaid returns service – or roll on to a contracted package.

Mims Davies, UK Employment Minister, said (The Guardian):

“We want to support jobseekers in any way we can on their journey to securing employment, which includes levelling up opportunities by making sure they are digitally connected and can access the full range of support offered by our Plan for Jobs and our JobHelp website.”

All Jobcentre Plus work coaches will be trained to identify eligible participants and offer the vouchers accordingly, which will come in the form of referral codes supplied by TalkTalk. Customers who take one of these vouchers can then call TalkTalk directly via a dedicated number to get the service.

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5 Responses
  1. Gary says:

    Not a bad plan, unless they’re already tied into a contract with someone else, you’d like to think a phone call telling them you’re now unemployed could resolve leaving with no penalties but…

  2. Ben says:

    Sounds like it’s very easy to accidentally end up stuck on a 24 month contract…

  3. eds says:

    Leicester Jobcentre wont do this i can tell you for a fact. Ask them for any help. SANCTION,

  4. Jon Jon says:

    @Ed I can tell you for a fact you wouldn’t get sanctioned unless you’ve not complied or participated or turned up. Extremely hard to sanction anyone.

    1. timeless says:

      you sure about that? back when l was unfortunate enough to need to claim benefits l was sanctioned for not taking a job l wasnt offered or even qualified for, the worst part was the fact that the employer had not even spoke to my advisor until after the sanction..

      as for it being hard to sanction anyone, obviously you havent been 5m late to an interview, things arent as accepting as they used to be.

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