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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21219: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the money allocated in its digital connectivity budget for the last three years has occurred as a result of Gainshare.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 5 February 2019

Gainshare funding does not form part of the Scottish Government's digital connectivity budget.

Gainshare is a mechanism in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) contracts that allows for reinvestment of additional funds generated if take-up of superfast broadband services exceeds an agreed level. BT offered to bring forward a proportion of the Gainshare funding for reinvestment in both DSSB contracts and this was accepted by public sector partners. This has resulted in new deployment in every local authority area across Scotland and will see build continue throughout 2019.