Families in Clydebank are struggling to access affordable broadband, says an MP.

A recent survey by Citizens Advice found that one million people have been forced to cancel their broadband internet in the last year because they couldn’t afford their monthly payments.

West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes raised concerns in parliament that millions of households are unaware they could access specially discounted broadband through a social tariff.

The SNP MP cited the case of a constituent who struggled to access affordable broadband, despite the commitment of internet providers to offer discounted social tariffs for low-income households on government benefits.

Figures from Ofcom suggest that just five per cent of households eligible for discounted social tariffs were using them – with more than four million households across the UK believed to be missing out.

Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt MP thanked Martin for raising the case and agreed more must be done to help people get the ‘connectivity and broadband speeds they need.’

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said: “It’s simply not acceptable that my constituents are being forced to do without essentials like broadband due to cost.

“With more and more services going digital, access to an affordable and reliable internet connection has never been more important.

“I’m pressing the UK Government and Ofcom to do more to help low-income households access the social tariff broadband deals they’re entitled to.

“Broadband companies must be held to account if they fail to make these deals available to those who need them. It isn’t right that 95 per cent of eligible households are missing out.

“For anyone on benefits, including Universal Credit and Pension Credit, I’d urge them to check with internet providers if they can get cheaper broadband through a social tariff.”

The UK Government have been approached for comment.