The UK has launched a program under which unemployed people will be able to apply for six months of free internet to find work. The program is a joint project of the Ministry of Labor and Pensions and the telecommunications operator TalkTalk.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in unemployment not only in the UK, but also in many other countries around the world. Now the authorities want to help people who have been left without earnings in finding work. They will be offered a voucher for six months of TalkTalk’s unlimited broadband internet on a plan that typically costs £ 23 a month. After the expiration of the voucher, the user can either cancel the tariff plan, or continue to use it, but on a paid basis.
As Labor and Pension Secretary Mims Davis said, “We want to support job seekers in any way that helps them find jobs, including digital opportunities.”
This is not the only initiative in the UK to support people out of work. For example, the British mobile operator Vodafone offers a special rate, under which the user gets unlimited use of its 5G networks, unlimited calls and text messages for six months at a price of £ 10 per month.