Digital TV switch help is available

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Television viewers have just six months to prepare for the big switchover to digital.

But help is at hand for older and disabled people in Doncaster, with Switchover Help Scheme information packs currently landing on their doorsteps.

The Switchover Help Scheme is writing directly to people who are eligible for help to explain all the options available to them.

The letter contains important information on how they can get help to convert a TV in time for digital signals which begin in August.

Most people will be asked to pay £40 towards the service, which includes easy-to-use equipment to switch one TV, details of an approved installer, an aerial upgrade if needed and 12 months’ aftercare.

The service is also free for people who are eligible and who receive pension credit, income support, income-based jobseekers’ allowance or income-related employment and support allowance.

People are eligible for the Help Scheme if they are aged 75 or over, or have lived in a care home more than six months, or get disability living allowance, attendance or constant attendance allowance, or mobility supplement, or are registered blind or partially sighted.

Eligible people can complete the forms or call the help scheme free on 0800 4085910.

The transmitter serving parts of Doncaster begins to switch to digital on August 3 for BBC2 and for all channels by August 17 so everyone will need to convert by then.