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|The UK Digital Switchover completed in October 2012. The Government's Help Scheme referred to on this page is now closed to new applications, as the switchover is complete. This page has been left here for reference|
Site visitor N Harper asks:
"The UK Government has indicated that it will offer assistance to the disabled & pensioners regarding the Digital Switchover. Can you confirm this please, and if so, how do I go about making a claim?"
Yes. That's correct. There is a scheme that will provide equipment and installation help to convert one TV set for certain people.
The Digital TV Switchover Help Scheme is available to people aged 75 years and over.
Additionally, help may be available to people in one or more of the following categories:
If you are eligible for the Switchover Help Scheme and get any of the following, the help will be free:
Others eligible for the scheme will be asked to contribute the first £40.
If you are eligible for help under the scheme, you will be sent more information (in the form of a letter) well before your area goes digital.
Alternatively, you can get advice on the scheme by calling 0800 408 5900 - This help line is operated by the BBC and the call is free from a UK landline. Lines open from 8am to 8pm weekdays, and 8am to 6pm at weekends.