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Digital Switchover

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 28 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1596W, on digital switchover, if she will break down by category of eligibility the estimate of the number of Whitehaven households entitled to targeted assistance. (129118)

Our current estimate of the number of people potentially eligible to assistance from the digital switchover help scheme in the Whitehaven area is set out in the table.

Households eligible for support free of charge


Households 75 plus, receiving pension credit


Disabled households, receiving pension credit/income support/income-based job seekers allowance




Households eligible for support for the £40 charge

Households 75 plus


Disabled households.




Total households eligible for help



1. Totals rounded to the nearest hundred. The figures are based on information from the whole Copeland constituency rather than the Whitehaven transmitter coverage area (which covers about 90 per cent. of households in the Copeland constituency)

2. Eligibility for help from the digital switchover help scheme will be by “benefit unit” rather than the whole household definition used by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) the Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Office to forecast future household growth.

3. The definition of a “benefit unit” is a couple and any dependent children. It excludes adults deemed to be non-dependents who, if eligible, will be able to claim assistance from the help scheme in their own right.