Help someone else to switch to digital TV in West Devon by passing

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					 Help someone else to switch to digital TV in West Devon by passing it
                                      on!

With only five weeks to go to switchover, West Devon Council is urging
residents across the Borough to help someone else to switch to digital.


The Borough Council is backing the Switchover Help Scheme’s ‘Pass it On’
campaign to make sure every eligible older and disabled person in the area
knows about the help they can get to keep their TV working when switchover
starts on 1 July 2009.


The Huntshaw Cross transmitter group mostly serving north Devon will begin
to switch to digital on 1 July, followed by the Caradon Hill transmitter group,
mostly covering Plymouth, parts of Devon and East Cornwall on the 12
August 2009.


In the lead up to switchover, the BBC-run Switchover Help Scheme is offering
practical help to eligible older and disabled people to make the change to
digital on one of their TV sets.


Eligible people have been posted a Help Scheme information pack and will be
getting a reminder letter. However, West Devon Borough Council is urging
everyone who has already switched to digital to reach out to those older and
disabled people they know who may still need help, and has not yet made
contact with the Help Scheme to let them know they need help.


Claire Wager an outreach worker with West Devon Borough Council, said:
“We are happy to support the 'pass it on' message as we all have a part to
play to ensure everyone understands the help that is out there to make the
switchover very easy. We understand there are eligible people who may find
the process of switching to digital daunting, but we are here to help! By simply
spreading the word that there is support available from the Switchover Help
Scheme, you could be helping someone to continue watching their favourite
shows. So pass it on.'”
Claire and local Help Scheme representative Helena Giles are staging various
events around the community to help spread the pass it on message, such as
the one held today (May 26) at the Hope Cottage Community Café in
Yelverton, run by volunteers from the Bere Alston United Church.


Just under 40 Pass it On events including presentations, drop in events are
taking place across the region in the weeks ahead where people can pick up
leaflets and bookmarks to help spread the word.


The Help Scheme makes is easy for eligible older and disabled to switch to
digital TV. It offers each eligible household help to switch one TV set to digital,
including equipment, installation and an aerial check and upgrade if
necessary. They also get a demonstration of how the equipment works and
aftercare.


Equipment has been specifically chosen for ease of use, and contact centre,
delivery staff and installers have all been trained to understand and respect
older and disabled people. Installers carry identification and will never call
without having made an appointment.


Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards the help. The service is
free for eligible people who also get pension credit, income-support, or
income based jobseekers allowance.


People are eligible for help from the Switchover Help Scheme if they are:


    •   aged 75 or over,
    •   have lived in a care home for six months or more,
    •   get or could get, disability living allowance,
    •   attendance or constant attendance allowance, or mobility supplement,
    •   Or if they are registered blind or partially sighted.
In the run-up to switchover in each region, every eligible person will receive a
Switchover Help Scheme letter and information pack explaining the options
for switching to digital. Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards
the help. The service is free for people who are eligible and also get pension
credit, income support or income-based jobseekers allowance.

People need to respond to get the help. Completed information pack forms
can be returned to the Help Scheme, or, to make it even easier to apply,
eligible people can also apply by calling the Help Scheme free on 0800 40 85
902


In addition, any eligible person who needs help to apply can nominate
someone else to complete their form for them.

If you would like to find out more about the Help Scheme and who is eligible
to apply, please log onto helpscheme.co.uk


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Notes to Editors


Media Contacts:
Diane Green
PR and Communications Manager – Switchover Help Scheme
T: 0191 245 8847
M: 07951478832
E: diane.green@eaga.com


Sarah Fairfax
Communications Executive – Switchover Help Scheme
T: 0191 245 8834
M: 07730424407
E: sarah.fairfax@eaga.com


Images available on request
Switchover Help Scheme
The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC through an agreement with
the Government to help older and disabled people make the change to
digital.


In the run-up to switchover in each region, every eligible person will be offered
practical help to convert one of their TV sets to digital. People are eligible if
they are aged 75 years or more, or if they are registered blind or partially
sighted. Also eligible are people who get (or could get) attendance or constant
attendance allowance, mobility supplement, or disability living allowance.


Most people will be asked to contribute £40 towards the help. The service is
free for people who are eligible and also get pension credit, income support or
income-based jobseekers allowance.


More information is available by calling 0800 40 85 902 or through visiting
helpscheme.co.uk


Digital television switchover is the process of converting the UK’s terrestrial
television system to digital. Between now and 2012, analogue channels will
be switched off region by region and replaced with free-to-air digital TV and
radio services (Freeview). Switchover will extend Freeview coverage to the
whole of the UK and free up airwaves for new services such as ultra-fast
wireless broadband and mobile television.




eaga
eaga, a leading provider of residential energy efficiency and outsourcing
services, has been selected by the BBC as the Help Scheme service provider
to deliver the help available under the scheme from the ITV Border region
onwards.

				
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