Budget 2020 – £5billion investment into faster broadband in every home by 2025 – The Sun

HOMES across the UK are to benefit from better broadband speeds by 2025 thanks to a £5billion cash injection.

Details about the money were printed in the Budget document published after the Chancellor's speech. Read our Budget 2020 live blog for the latest news and updates.

Improvements to broadband were first announced in the Conservative manifesto in December.

They pledged to bring full fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business in the UK in the next five years.

Gigabit-capable broadband is forty times faster than standard broadband.

The Budget document said the latest pot of money will help households in the hardest-to-reach areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It said it was designed to benefit those living in the "most difficult to reach 20 per cent of the country".

The Chancellor also said £510 million would be invested in the UK's mobile network. It will help banish dodgy mobile phone reception and is predicted to boost 4G coverage in 95 per cent of homes.

 

Today's Budget also revealed a rise to the National Living Wage.

It was also announced that workers will get sick pay if they self isolate because of the coronavirus.

The Chancellor also announced a duty freeze on all alcohol for the second time in 20 years.

 

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