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Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to ensure that those in vulnerable groups will be eligible for the scheme to provide free digital equipment during the digital switchover. (316963)

At the time of designing the help scheme for television switchover, research suggested that age and disability were the most important indicators of lower digital TV take-up and that these groups were most likely to struggle with digital switchover.

For these reasons it was decided that the scheme would offer practical support for people who are: aged 75 or over, disabled, visually impaired or care home residents. Participating in the scheme costs a subsidised £40. However help is available free of charge where the eligible person is also in receipt of certain income related benefits.