Posted by: North Officer | 13/06/2011

Help is at hand to switch to digital TV

Switchover is coming and soon the traditional TV signal will be switched off in your region and replaced with a digital TV signal. This is not a concern for most people but some may find it harder to make the switch than others.

What is the Help Scheme? The Switchover Help Scheme has been set up by the Government and is run by the BBC. Its purpose is to make digital TV easy for older and disabled people by converting one of their televisions to digital in the run-up to digital TV switchover in their region.

What does the Help Scheme do? The Switchover Help Scheme aims to reach out to all eligible people, and ensure that those who need our help get it, so that no-one eligible need be left behind without access to television after switchover. People are eligible for help if they are:

  • aged 75 or over,
  • have lived in a care home for six months or more,
  • get or could get, disability living allowance,
  • attendance or constant attendance allowance, or mobility supplement,
  • Or if they are registered blind or partially sighted.

What’s next? In the run-up to switchover, every eligible person receives a Switchover Help Scheme information pack explaining the options for switching to digital. Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards the help.

The service is free for people who are eligible and also get pension credit, income support, income-based job seekers allowance or employment and support allowance.

For further information on the Switchover Help Scheme visit or call 0800 40 85 900. Textphone users can call 0800 40 85 936.



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