Boris Johnson’s promise to provide 85% of homes and businesses in Cheadle with affordable high-speed broadband by 2025 is set to be broken, local Liberal Democrats can reveal.
Analysis of House of Commons Library data by the party has found that just 65% of premises in Cheadle had gigabit broadband availability in 2021.
It comes as households and business owners in Cheadle brace themselves for the cost of broadband to skyrocket in April. Several broadband providers have announced their prices will go up by 9.3%, in line with CPI inflation of 5.4% in December - the biggest rise in almost thirty years.
With this hike on the way, Cheadle Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to legally require all broadband providers to automatically offer cheaper deals through ‘social tariffs’ for struggling families. This move could save as many as 6,557 people in Cheadle around £270 a year on their broadband bill.
Tom Morrison, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cheadle, said:
“This pandemic has shown how vital access to broadband is for learning, for work and for staying connected. But local families and businesses are being left in the digital slow lane and face crippling hikes to their broadband bills, on top of tax raids and soaring energy prices.
“The Liberal Democrats are demanding cheaper broadband deals for struggling families in our community, saving them hundreds of pounds a year. The Government cannot stand idly by while the cost of living crisis hits Cheadle residents in the pocket."