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Broadband savings 'not yet known'

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Savings from “reprofiling” of £1.2bn funding for the government’s broadband programmes announced are not yet known, the government has said.

The changes to funding allocations were alluded to in last week’s Budget, with the promise that the released cash would be spent on housing and used to reduce the deficit.

Budget papers said there would be “a reprofiling of funding for broadband programmes, to support local delivery. These savings will be used to help support housing in the short term and contribute to the overall savings required from current spending in 2015-16”.

However, a spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport said the exact savings were not yet known.

“The reprofiling exercise referred to in the Budget is an ongoing process, and final expenditure profiles will be agreed later in the year once local delivery timetables have been finalised,” he said.

As reported by LGC last week, DCMS’ chief executive of Broadband Delivery UK faced councillors who expressed frustration at the way delays to the rural broadband programme had been blamed on local government.

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