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Allocations for next wave of broadband funding for English Councils

The split across the four UK nations of the next wave of broadband funding that will be in rural areas is known and it seems that the DCMS has communicated to local authorities the indicative amounts, but there does not appear to be a verified Government source for the figures.

Computer Weekly has a table listing the figures for English councils that agrees with the figures the local authorities are quoting, but why it should only have been released to Computer Weekly we have no idea.

Council Likely Allocation (£m) Council Likely Allocation (£m)
Berkshire Councils 3.56 Black Country 4.99
Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire 6.63 Cambridgeshire, Peterborough 0.91
Central Beds, Bedford Borough, Milton Keynes, Luton 3.18 Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester, Warrington, Halton 2.12
Cornwall 2.96 Cumbria 2.86
Derbyshire, Derby 2.19 Devon, Somerset, Plymouth, Torbay, North Somerset, Bath & NE Somerset 22.75
Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole 0.77 Durham, Gateshead, Tees Valley and Sunderland 3.90
East Riding of Yorkshire 5.00 East Sussex, Brighton and Hove 0.65
Essex, Southend-On-Sea, Thurrock 10.72 Greater Manchester excl Manchester & Salford 0.45
Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton 8.74 Hereford and Gloucestershire 10.98
Kent and Medway 5.60 Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens, Sefton, Wirral 0.70
Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen 3.84 Leicestershire, Leicester 4.04
Lincolnshire 2.35 Newcastle upon Tyne 0.43
Norfolk 5.59 North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire 1.18
North Tyneside, South Tyneside 2.18 North Yorkshire, York 4.60
Northamptonshire 3.64 Northumberland 0.65
Nottinghamshire, City of Nottingham 2.63 Oxfordshire 2.15
Rutland 0.18 Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin 12.80
South Yorkshire 10.40 Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 1.68
Suffolk 4.82 Warwickshire and Solihull, Coventry 3.68
West Sussex 0.86 West Yorkshire, Kirklees 6.62
Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire, Swindon 4.97 Worcestershire 2.39

Surrey is a noticeable absentee, but given their target for fibre based broadband coverage, it is likely the county will beat the 95% target figure anyway. Cornwall that has traditionally followed their own path is a new addition with £2.96m to fund pushing their existing pre-BDUK project to a 95% coverage figure, with the extra we presume funding making up the gap between the 95% who can get fibre based broadband to actually be 95% who can get superfast speeds.

How the procurement process will operate will be the next stage, for the original BDUK projects, the funding split was announced in August 2011, but the first live cabinet was not until December 2012, so there is a long way to go before any changes will be seen.


Yet again no help for those in London passed over by BT for whatever reason. London may not be rural but there are nevertheless many with slow speeds, in many cases due to being on long EO lines for which BT require more arms and legs to "network rearrange" than any human possesses. Without some help London and the other cities could potentially limit the national percentage with access to NGA.

  • MCM999
  • over 7 years ago

Wow, Shropshire Telford & Wrekin get £12.80 million pound.

  • adslmax
  • over 7 years ago

Any data on what individual percentage of the BD UK budget is going to England then Wales,Scotland and Northern Ireland?

  • 21again
  • over 7 years ago

@21again the news item before this gives the split for the £250m to the four nations

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

Some wide variances to the funding, compared with the first round.

North Yorkshire got £18m (plus a recent top-up of £3m); this time it gets £4.6m
Essex got £6m; this time is gets £10m
Suffolk got £12m; this time £5m
Devon+Somerset got £31m; this time £22m
Cumbria got £17m; this time £3m

It certainly suggests it got some of the numbers wrong first time around.

  • WWWombat
  • over 7 years ago

London should be able to afford to cover itself. A one-off tax on the stupidly overpriced property would do the trick.

  • Dixinormous
  • over 7 years ago

South Yorkshire needs the funding for it's two main urban exchanges (Sheffield and Attercliffe) before it even thinks about "rural" broadband access..

  • gribz
  • over 7 years ago

"How the procurement process will operate will be the next stage"

The "Extending superfast" industry day, 4 months ago, had some slides that covered things on procurement... at least as far as saying that it is all up in the air.

  • WWWombat
  • over 7 years ago

@ andrew(tb staff member)
Thanks but I was wondering what the split was previously not what is to come with the next phase using the new allocation of £250m

  • 21again
  • over 7 years ago

@Dixinormous "London should be able to afford to cover itself. A one-off tax on the stupidly overpriced property would do the trick." The same could be said for many other areas however here it is London and the South-East that is contributing a significant part of the taxes used to fund the BDUK money whilst receiving no benefit for its own citizens.

  • MCM999
  • over 7 years ago

The not memorable google docs link above is the official BDUK spreadsheet of the English allocations as per the v1 BDUK system

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

No funding for Birmingham?

  • max360
  • over 7 years ago

'.....that is contributing a significant part of the taxes used to fund the BDUK money whilst receiving no benefit for its own citizens.....'.

So just like rural areas then?

  • PhilCoates
  • over 7 years ago

Berkshire with £3.56 is double the orginal funding of just £1.43 (this was increased to £2 million).

I have to agree with Wombat that the orginal numbers where wrong.
Its likely most councils will use the funding to extend the existing project- so does the 2Mbps USC get put back for further fibre deployment phases?

  • ccxo
  • over 7 years ago

Have to remember that this money needs to be match funded by councils, so a small amount might be a blessing in disguise. Essex finding an extra 10 million might be a tall order. I wonder if the councils are allowed to take half say?

  • Liuk
  • over 6 years ago

The utterly baffling thing about London is the sheer lack of any plan or strategy at all fron anyone, least of all bungling Boris. Bear in mind that just 2 miles from central London some people are still on good old fashionde dial up if they want a wired service. By thier own admission to Val Shawcross of the London Assembly, BT say that the current roll out will provide fibre in one form or another to between 70% and 92% of London homes. The average coverage in Central London will be just 76%. This isn't ultimately about money. It's abut no one having any sort of plan to fund.

  • Desmond
  • over 6 years ago

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