Source: City of Wakefield
Wakefield Council’s key decision makers will be asked for approval to accept £300,000 of funding from the Government’s Getting Building Fund – to allow residents and business to get faster internet connection across the district.
The ‘Gigabit Voucher scheme’ will offer vouchers of up to £7,000 for businesses and £2,500 for residents within areas of the district that currently have no or poor internet connection, which would subsidise the cost of installation of faster internet speeds.
This will allow for more businesses to access fast internet services – increasing local business viability and improving the local economy.
It would also increase educational attainment by allowing access to fast, cheap and reliable internet service, allow remote working for the reduction of travel times and therefore decrease pollution levels, as well as improve how social care is delivered and accessed by the community.
Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We all know that a fast and reliable internet connection is an enabler in many ways for businesses and residents within the district.
“The funding will ensure that we can actively market the voucher scheme and makes the installation of services financially viable for local businesses and residents. This will provide much needed support for the hardest to reach premises in the most digitally deprived areas and those hardest hit by Covid-19.”
Members of Wakefield’s Cabinet are meeting virtually on Tuesday 13 October at 10.30am to discuss the plans. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.