Get ready for the digital switchover

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A FREE scheme is helping older and disabled people get ready for the digital switchover.

The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, offers those disabled or aged 75 and over assistance in the run-up to the switch to digital television, which takes place in Hartlepool and East Durham in September.

Easington pensioner Eunice Shanks was fearing the switchover, but the retired nurse now feels at ease having had helpful demonstrations from approved installers.

Eunice said: “I was completely delighted with the whole service from the help scheme.

“They sorted out the TV really quickly and even came back to make sure that both my husband Eric and I were getting used to the new box.”

Emma Speed, regional manager for the Tyne Tees area of the scheme, said: “Once you take the time to explain how to access the new TV channels most people wonder why they were ever worried.”

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

For information or to see if you qualify, call the Help Scheme free on 0800 4087654.