Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
The Full Business Case has been developed in line with HM Treasury guidance and indicates a preferred option with all material risks identified
The project is compliant with the umbrella or individual State Aid notification and EU procurement regulations. The contract is in line with the model contract/guidelines (as assessed by BDUK as the “competency centre”). Or, that the local body has obtained separate State Aid approval for a non-standard project;
An appropriate allocation of risks has been agreed between the public and private sectors and is clearly articulated in the contract for broadband services, and risk management processes by both sectors are in place;
The specification in the contract for broadband services of key payment milestones in the implementation or delivery phase of the project;
The bidder that has provided the Most Economically Advantageous Tender in a procurement process has been identified using robust evaluation criteria;
The outcome of the project offers value for money for public spend;
Funding from other sources is in place such that obligations are affordable (including under an appropriate range of sensitivity analysis);
Project management, implementation assurance and contract management resource is in place; and
A robust strategy for marketing of new services and stimulation of demand is in place (by the public and private sectors).
Local body and community funding
It will be important for local bodies to seek to provide funding as part of the overall public sector funding package for local broadband projects. Investing in local broadband infrastructure is a key business growth enabler which should bring benefits to local areas, as well as proving greater access to services and inclusion for local residents. It is expected that local bodies will demonstrate their commitment to the delivery of Local Broadband Plans by committing funding to local broadband projects. This could be from local authorities, the Devolved Administrations, other public sector bodies or partner organisations.
Local bodies could also consider the provision of funding based on an „invest to save‟ business case (e.g. through the achievement of lower transaction costs for services provided by the local authority as a result of increased customer interaction via the web).
Local bodies could provide funding for local broadband projects in the form of a direct capital investment funding contribution, i.e. in the same way as BDUK will contribute funding. The amount of investment gap funding required from a local body could be indirectly reduced by stimulating demand or including public sector spend on networking services as set out below. A local body could also seek to provide a guarantee of a
minimum level of revenue or take-up, but such an obligation may need to be backed off to district or borough councils or parishes.
The greater the proportion of overall funding to be contributed by local bodies as well as other external organisations, the more positively a request for BDUK funding will be considered in project selection.
Local bodies should not expect BDUK funding to contribute to:
Development of the Local Broadband Plan;