Landlords need to fill in the gaps in broadband coverage left by internet service providers
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Social housing tenants frequently fail the credit checks required to receive internet access from BT, Virgin and other internet providers, creating broadband blackspots in many social housing estates. Landlords need to address this problem for two reasons.
First, online access and confidence in using the internet can save money on shopping and utility bills and provide better access to training and jobs. Second, the universal credit, which replaces the current benefits system, launches next April. It will be run online and, to manage their affairs, tenants will have to follow suit.
Due to the threat to their incomes for those tenants in receipt of housing benefit, social landlords have stepped up digital inclusion efforts over the past 12 months. Organisations such as Westminster Council and Sanctuary are at the vanguard of this work and North Lincolnshire Homes is using its 4G Diamond Net service to raise funds from private residents and businesses to subsidise cheaper broadband access for its 10,000 tenants. Isn’t it time other landlords clicked?