Help still at hand for switch

HELP is at hand for people struggling to re-tune their TV sets following the digital switch-over in Hartlepool and East Durham earlier this week.

The first stage of the switch-over took place on Wednesday, but many people are still eligible to get assistance through the Switch-over Help Scheme, which runs until October 26.

The Switch-over Help Scheme has been designed around the needs of older and disabled people and can make switching to digital TV from the previous analogue signal easier for them.

Emma Speed, 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 switch-over.

“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 someone you know needs help please contact us before October 26.”

People are eligible for help if they are aged 75 or over, or are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance or Constant Attendance Allowance or a Mobility supplement.

Anyone who is registered blind or partially sighted can also qualify for assistance.

Eligible people can call the Help Scheme free on 08004087654 to arrange an appointment.