Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Helen Southworth Helen Southworth Labour, Warrington South

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that preparations for digital switchover take into account the benefits for older and disabled people of access to electronic communications; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government take digital inclusion very seriously and have announced a help scheme to assist the over-75s and those with significant disabilities, including the blind and visually impaired to convert to digital television.

Including access to electronic communications could make the help scheme more complex, more expensive and more difficult to communicate effectively. However, we will continue to review this option along with other new and emerging technologies to help ensure that the equipment provided by the scheme best suits the needs and interests of older and disabled people.

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