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Digital day looms


12:00am 1st July 2011

The overall numbers of people who haven't got digital ready equipment in Yorkshire are now quite small with around 93-95% with digital on the main set, and over 70% of households fully converted - over 80% of all televisions in the region are now converted.  

As you can see this means that the remaining tvs that need to be converted are actually second and third sets in houses with multiple sets - the message is really changing - because we are showing at around 97% aware of the digital switchover so our message is now becoming one not about getting converted - but realising that ALL viewers who get tv through an aerial will need to retune at each of the two stages of switchover and helping them to understand how to do that and that it is easier than they might think if they haven't already tried. 

These figures were researched last month, with three months of the campaign still to run - so we seem to be in really good shape and the people of the Yorkshire tv region have really got to grips with switchover.

Everyone needs to lend a Helping Hand to make sure older and disabled people in North Yorkshire know about the help they can get from the Switchover Help Scheme in time for switchover in August and September.

The 'Helping Hand' campaign urges people to pledge their support for the Switchover Help Scheme and simply tell eligible people about the help available, help them fill out an application form or to call the Help Scheme so they can get the help they are entitled to.

Click here for more information on the helping hand scheme.

Click here for more information on your swtich over date and information on the digital switch over.

To find out more about how you can help simply come along to this or any of the other Helping Hand events happening in your area:
VENUE:                                              DATE:                         TIME:
Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster                Monday 4th July           5pm - 7pm
Monk Fryston Village School, Selby   Tuesday 5th July           5pm - 7pm
Barlow Village Hall, Selby                  Wednesday 13th July    5pm - 7pm
Carlton Village Hall, Selby                 Thursday 14th July        5pm - 7pm
Helping Hand leaflets and bookmarks can be picked up at the above events so that people can 'lend a Helping Hand' and tell someone they know about the Help Scheme.

The Help Scheme has written to every eligible person in York with the offer of help. To get the help they are entitled to, people must reply by returning their form or by calling the Help Scheme free on 0800 40 85 900.
People are eligible for help if they:

- Are aged 75 or over, or
- Have lived in a care home for six months or more, or
- Get (or could get):
o Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or
o Attendance or Constant Attendance Allowance, or
o Mobility supplement, or
- Are registered blind or partially sighted.
Most eligible people will be asked to pay £40 towards the standard option of help, which includes:

"               Easy to use equipment to convert one set.
"               An approved installer to supply and install the necessary equipment.
"               A check on their TV aerial, and replacement if necessary, where possible.
"               A 12-month aftercare service, including a free helpline.
This service is free for people who are eligible and who also receive pension credit income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance or income-related employment and support allowance.
The dates for switchover in the Yorkshire region are as follows:
Transmitter group    Area                       Stage one (BBC Two analogue off)        Stage two (all analogue channels off)

Oliver's Mount      Scarborough area                    3 August 2011                           17 August 2011

Belmont              Lincolnshire, Humberside         3 August 2011                           17 August 2011

                          and East Yorkshire                 10 August 2011                          24 August 2011

Sheffield              Sheffield area                         10 August 2011                          24 August 2011

Chesterfield          Chesterfield area                    10 August 2011    24 August 2011

Emley Moor         West Yorkshire and                 7 September 2011    21 September 2011
                           South Yorkshire   
Switchover Help Scheme

The Switchover Help Scheme is 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 and those who have lived in a care home for six months or more.
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.
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.  
Digital UK

Digital UK is the independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to implement digital switchover. It is jointly owned and funded by the public-service broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, S4C and Teletext), and the digital multiplex operators.

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