2016 Report details for project: Super-Connected City Programme

Project name: Super-Connected City Programme - there are 4 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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Organisation: DCMS (D5) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: 150 million central Government investment has been allocated to SCCP to provide: - A minimum of 10,000 vouchers to Small/Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across 22 cities - Wi-Fi in up to 1,000 public buildings - Other digital connectivity projects to increase broadband capability through delivering innovative projects to SME business hubs and internet exchanges. £40 million was announced at Autumn Statement 2014 to extend the connection voucher scheme to a further 28 cities to March 2016.
DCA (RAG): Green
DCA text: Programme is Green and has met its planned objectives.
Start date: 2012-12-05
End date: 2016-03-31
Schedule text: The Super connected Cities Programme has delivered: - Over 17,000 vouchers under the original connection vouchers scheme in 22 cities up to 31 March 2015 versus a target of 10,000 vouchers; - WiFi in over 1300 public buildings; and - WiFi in over 1,400 transport projects - 12 other connectivity projects delivered, including Cloud Computing Centre in Newcastle and Digital Exchange in Brighton, supporting local businesses. The extended voucher scheme provided a £40m challenge fund to issue more vouchers in an additional 28 cities (50 cities in total) from April 2015. This has provided over 30,000 additional vouchers. In total over 50,000 vouchers have been issued under the scheme, exceeding all expectations. The £40m challenge fund has now been exhausted.
Baseline: £42.27m
Forecast: £61.67m
Variance: 45.90%
Variance text: This data was correct as at Q2 2015/16. 1.       The original 22 Cities scheme has 15,807 vouchers issued net of cancellations to date with a value of £26.7m. 2. £14.5m is the forecast for the final total value of voucher claims for 2015/16 in respect of the 22 Cities scheme but is dependent on the value of vouchers that do not connect by the deadline (cut-off point). A further £4.9m will be spent on non-voucher projects. 3.       The extended scheme includes 28 additional cities and is in the form of a £40m challenge fund, which each city can claim against as required. The £40m challenge fund has now been allocated (October 2015). 4. BDUK has revised the accounting policy used to recognise expenditure, changing the recognition point to be the issue of vouchers, which was agreed with the NAO in October 2015. 5. With HMT approval £40m has been vired from prior years budgets in 2015/16 to cover the voucher scheme extension. A further virement as part of the supplementary exercise has been agreed with HMT to cover funding commitments on the old scheme, the final value will be confirmed in December. The CDEL spend forecast for 2015/16 is £59.4m. 5. Current RDEL budgets end in 15/16, the 16/17 forecast reflect the funding applied for in the spending review which assumes that staff will roll off by December 2016.
Whole Life Cost: £154.60m
WLCost text: The scheme is on track to deliver its objectives within budget. With HMT approval £40m has been vired from prior years budgets in 2015/16 to cover the voucher scheme extension. A further virement as part of the supplementary exercise has been agreed with HMT to cover funding commitments on the old scheme, the final value will be confirmed in December 2015.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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