MILLIONS of people can slash the cost of their broadband through targeted discounts.

Households on benefits including Universal Credit are eligible for so-called social broadband tariffs.

They are offered by a number of providers, but it's estimated over four million customers who are eligible are not claiming them.

Sun Money is calling on the government, regulator Ofcom and suppliers to do more to support struggling customers and make it easier for them to switch to a social tariff.

One woman revealed how she shaved £300 off her broadband bill using one.

It comes during the cost of living crisis, with households' bills stretched as they contend with higher food and fuel prices.

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The government announced a raft of economic reforms last week, aimed at boosting the economy after years of stagnation.

But for now, many families will be relying on cost-cutting measures such as social tariffs to ensure they can make ends meet each month.

How do you find a social tariff?

Applying for a social tariff will vary depending on who provides your broadband.

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You can do it online if you're a BT and Virgin customer, but with Sky and Now you'll have to call up.

The deals on offer will vary too including the price and speeds available. With some providers you'll need to be an existing customer to qualify.

TalkTalk offers six months broadband for free for those on jobseeker's allowance or Universal Credit who don't have an internet connection.

BT and Virgin Media have social tariffs for £15 a month while Now Broadband charges £20 a month on a rolling contract.

Sky's offering is £20 a month, however the deal is for 18 months so you may need to pay an exit fee to get out of it earlier.

Of course, you should always check whether you can get a better deal elsewhere by using price comparison sites such as Moneysupermarket.com or Uswitch.

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Do I qualify for a social tariff?

To be in line for a social tariff, you'll normally need to be in receipt of certain benefits including, among others, Universal Credit, Employment and support allowance and Jobseeker's Allowance.

If you're not sure whether you're eligible, The Sun has come up with an easy tool to help you check.

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