Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
Financial control and audit of public sector funding invested in projects.
Local Broadband Plans
The Local Broadband Plan is a set of documents that will set out the vision for broadband in an area and the plan for how this coverage will be achieved. It is a necessary part of any bid from local bodies for BDUK funding. Guidance is set out in the Broadband Project Toolkit.
The focus of the Local Broadband Plan is the vision for broadband for the area. It should cover at least the period to 2015, and should include both Superfast and Standard Broadband coverage. For completeness the plan should reference mobile broadband. BDUK expects that the plan will state that everyone would have access to at least Standard Broadband by the end of the period that the plan covers, and . that local bodies will aim for Superfast Broadband to be available to 90 of people in each Local Authority area.
The Local Broadband Plan should also contain any supporting information, for example:
Objectives that the local body has for the area, e.g. economic growth, fragile communities, rural development, public service transformation, and how these will be met or enabled through the plan;
Background and baseline data - current situation in terms of population, geography, topography, and issues faced;
An outline of the existing broadband infrastructure and current connectivity, any projects and known private sector plans for investment within the area, and an analysis of gaps;
Strategic benefits (e.g. details of how the investment may be linked with public service transformation activities underway in both the local county and district councils, and with central government service transformation);
Identification of where there are separate phases for delivery, and whether there is one project or multiple projects;
An outline business case (or equivalent) for the project for which initial funding is being requested;
Funding structure and profile/requirements for the duration of the plan;
Market engagement, where undertaken;
An outline procurement/sourcing strategy;
Analysis of known broadband not-spots in the area;
Details of any public networks that will be used;
Known community activities;
A description of known demand for broadband in the area;
Demand stimulation activities currently being done or which could be undertaken;
Details of stakeholder engagement;
Risk management assessment;
Details of how the local body intends to manage the project and, if applicable, arrangements in place for working jointly with other local bodies; and
Resources and budget to be supplied by the local body for project delivery.