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Digital Broadcasting: Elderly

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance his Department is giving to the elderly to help them with the digital television switchover; and if he will make a statement. (257079)

The Government and the BBC have set up a digital switchover help scheme. The scheme covers households where one person is aged 75 or over, or has a severe disability, or is registered blind or partially sighted and anyone who is normally resident in a care home.

The scheme provides easy-to-use equipment that suits a person's needs and help with installing the equipment, including where necessary a new dish or aerial and an easy-to-understand demonstration of how everything works. The scheme also ensures that there will be someone that people can call for help while they are getting used to digital television.