Help on offer for digital switch

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Older and disabled people in the transmitter area serving Sheffield are being reminded that they can still get help with switching to digital TV if they are struggling to manage.

Older and disabled people in the transmitter area serving Sheffield are being reminded that they can still get help with switching to digital TV if they are struggling to manage.

Most eligible people managed the first stage of switchover which happened last week without a problem. But some people may have found it more difficult than they expected.

The Switchover Help Scheme is open for applications until October 21. Tens of thousands of older and disabled people in the Yorkshire area have already benefitted from the scheme.

It has been designed around the needs of older and disabled people and can make switching to digital TV easier for them.

If someone is eligible for help, the Help Scheme will have already written to them at their home address.

Jeremy Buxton, help scheme regional manager, said: “We know that some people only realise at the last minute that they could do with some help – even if up until now they thought that they were going to be OK for switchover.

“We’re still here to help any eligible older or disabled person make the switch to digital and provide everything they need to convert their TV. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us on 0800 408 5900 before October 21.’’

Most people will be asked to pay £40 towards the standard option of help. For eligible people who are also on pension credit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income-related employment and support allowance, the service is free.

All eligible people in the Yorkshire region can also choose from other digital options, including Freesat, some of which cost extra.

Call the Help Scheme free on 0800 408 5900.