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|
|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|
|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.