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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04598: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 9 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of its Public Wireless Programme investment by local authority area.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 29 November 2016

LOCAL AUTHORITY

GRANT AWARDED (£)

Aberdeen City

57000

Aberdeenshire

39781 

City of Edinburgh

267611

Dumfries and Galloway

4500

East Ayrshire

81244

East Renfrewshire

3700

Falkirk

27603

Fife

8600

Glasgow

92736

Midlothian

30300

North Ayrshire

40000

North Lanarkshire

40000

Orkney

6000

Perth & Kinross

45805

Renfrewshire

68873

South Lanarkshire

38000

Stirling

37336

West Lothian

39768

The following table summarises the successful applications.

During 2015-16, just under £1 million in grants were committed. This enabled local authorities across Scotland to modernise and extend existing Wi-Fi provision in public places like libraries but also to introduce services in other publicly accessible buildings such as sports facilities and community centres. Applicants were asked to demonstrate how proposals would underpin digital participation initiatives. All 32 local authorities were invited to bid.

The Scottish Government launched its Public Wireless Programme in August 2015 with a remit to engage and collaborate with Scottish public bodies to develop best practice guidance on deploying wireless connectivity as well as making investment available for new infrastructure in the form of grants.