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Digital Switchover

HAVE YOU SWITCHED ON TO THE SWITCHOVER YET?!


Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson has pledged his support to the Switchover Help Scheme ahead of the borough’s planned switchover on the 30th March.

The BBC-run Help Scheme offers practical help to convert TV’s from analogue to digital.

As part of this, the scheme will be visiting key locations in the region to speak to residents concerned about how the switchover will affect them.

On Wednesday 2nd February, the Mayor joined forces with colleagues from the scheme, Bedfordshire Police and ‘Digit-Al’, to kick start the road shows.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said; “The Digital Switchover is taking place all across the country and for some of our residents this will mean big changes in how they watch and access their favourite TV programmes. For this reason I am keen to support the Switchover Help Scheme and ensure that all our residents – in particular our more vulnerable communities – take advantage of the help and advice that is on offer to them.”

 

Visits:

Digital Switchover units will be in Bedford on the following dates;

Church Square Town Centre, MK40 1LN     Wednesday 30th March   9 - 5

Church Square Town Centre, MK40 1LN     Wednesday 13th April  9 - 5

 

Eligibility:

Those eligible to receive help via the Digital Switchover Help Scheme must be;
• aged 75 or over; or
• get or could get Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or
• have lived in a care home for six months or more; or
• are registered blind or partially sighted.


If people are not sure if they are eligible for help, they can call free on 0800 408 5900 or e-mail info@helpscheme.co.uk


Anyone eligible for the Help Scheme will be contacted directly by the scheme to ask if they want help. Recipients have to respond by phone or post to get assistance.


Residents will be asked to pay £40 towards:
• easy-to-use digital equipment;
• home delivery and installation if needed;
• an aerial check and replacement if needed;
• a helpline and retuning advice;
• a 12month digital TV aftercare service.

However, if you are eligible and you also get pension credit, income-related employment and support allowance (ESA(IR)), income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance, the help will be free.

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