Jobseekers can now get free broadband - DWP announces new scheme

Jobseekers can now get free broadband - DWP announces new scheme

9/27/2021 9:37:00 AM

Jobseekers can now get free broadband - DWP announces new scheme

BRITISH job seekers will be able to access free broadband for six months to help them get back into work, thanks to a new UK wide initiative. The programme, offered in partnership with TalkTalk and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), aims to tackle digital exclusion and remove barriers to employment across the country.

While DWP job centres remained open to support the most vulnerable in society throughout the pandemic, most of the training and job support was moved online.It highlighted just how important an internet connection was for those seeking employment and started a conversation between the DWP and broadband provider TalkTalk.

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At the start of the second lockdown, TalkTalk and the DWP trialled the voucher scheme in Greater Manchester and Cheshire to support jobseekers who were stuck at home.Following the trial’s success, TalkTalk is now rolling out the scheme on a national scale which will mean all Jobcentre Plus work coaches will now be able to offer it to jobseekers across the country.

READ MORE: Jobseekers will be given six months' free broadband(Image: Getty)Mims Davies, Minister for Employment, said it was an important initiative and would help to level up opportunities for everyone.She said: “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.”

Daniel Kasmir, Chief People and Procurement Officer at TalkTalk agreed and added that it was working hard to ‘erase the UK’s digital divide’.He said: “We believe that reliable broadband is a right not a privilege. However, many people across the UK are struggling to access the internet, with the effects of the pandemic leading to the number of Universal Credit claimants doubling within a year.”

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They shouldn't get free broadband but jobsites and email companies should all free access