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Alex raises awareness of digital switchover

Digital Switchover

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham is reminding people that in the next few months the analogue TV signal will be switched to digital in the north east, with services available to help everybody in the constituency prepare for the change.

DigitalUK are working to get everybody ready for the two-phase switchover on 12 and 26 September 2012, with guides being sent to households in the constituency and roadshows being held throughout the Tyne-Tees area.  The next roadshow in the constituency will take place outside New Look on Stockton High Street on 13 July 2012 between 9am-5pm.

The BBC is also running a Help Scheme for elderly and disabled persons.  Those who are aged 75 or over, have lived in a care home for more than 6 months, receive certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted, may be eligible to receive discounted assistance.  The Help Scheme can assist with easy-to-use equipment, an approved installer to supply and install equipment, and 12 months aftercare service, all of which is available from £40.

Alex said:

“I’m happy to support the DigitalUK switchover campaign in Stockton North and the Help Scheme that the BBC is running to support the elderly and disabled within the community, helping everybody get ready by 12 and 26 of September.”

“The BBC’s programme to provide the elderly and disabled with the assistance they require with the digital switchover builds upon Labour government policies which have seen free TV licences provided to over-75s since 2000, reducing the cost of living in a time of economic hardship.”