Switch Over Help Scheme

Switch Over Help Scheme

What is it?

All television in the UK is now transmitted in a digital format since 2012. 

The Switch Over Help Scheme was set up to help people to switch one of their TV sets to digital. The scheme was completed in 2012.

The government set up a help scheme to make sure that everybody was be ready for the switch to digital TV. The help scheme gave assistance to convert one TV set, including:

  • equipment
  • installation
  • follow-up support

Who qualified?

If you were:

  • aged 75 or over, or
  • entitled to or could recieve Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or
  • living in a care home for six months or more, or
  • registered blind or partially sighted

The provision was free for eligible households on very low incomes. That is those on Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit. Other eligible households needed to pay a subsidised one-off fee.


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