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Voucher Priority Areas in Regional Supplier Contracts

Voucher priority areas in regional procurements

BDUK introduced voucher priority areas (VPAs) to enable active voucher project build through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme alongside Project Gigabit procurements. VPAs are used in procurement areas where vouchers are likely to provide access to gigabit broadband sooner than a procurement option and at better value.

BDUK pauses eligibility for all premises, except VPAs, for upcoming regional Project Gigabit procurement areas. This allows BDUK to define the intervention area (IA) and ensure a stable procurement process.

The final date to submit projects to be considered for VPA status, is now the close of the Public Review (PR). BDUK pauses voucher eligibility within a Lot after close of PR, except for premises in VPAs, where vouchers may be requested and network build can continue. In exceptional circumstances BDUK may consider projects for VPA status not submitted by close of PR, at its own discretion, if they are at an advanced stage of development and there is a strong case to suggest vouchers is a better value and quicker solution. 

An active project is one where:

  • It is published and
  • Vouchers have been
    • requested or issued in the last 12 months or;
    • claimed in the last 6 months

 

Voucher Priority Area (VPA) process steps

 

*Dates and timescales are subject to change.

 

  • Until the end of the Public Review

Projects

  • Suppliers can submit new projects ahead of the PR closure. Allow plenty of time for projects to be reviewed. For additional information suppliers are encouraged to work with their commercial contact. 

Vouchers

  • Suppliers can request vouchers for eligible premises and can claim issued vouchers.
  • BDUK may request UPRN data from suppliers for existing voucher projects. This is to allow us to correctly identify and classify VPAs.

 

  • After Public Review closure

Projects

  • BDUK will identify active projects and classify the premises as VPAs.
  • BDUK will assess projects that are at an advanced stage of development but not active at the end of PR, as part of the IA design. The IA design process takes approximately 3 months to complete.
  • Suppliers cannot submit new voucher projects after the PR closes in a Lot.

Vouchers

  • Suppliers may request vouchers in approved VPAs only and claim issued vouchers as normal. 

 

  • During intervention area (IA) design

Projects

  • Projects submitted but not yet published before the PR closes in a Lot and determined to be best reached by vouchers will be classified as VPAs.
  • Suppliers cannot submit new projects while BDUK designs the IA.

Vouchers

  • Suppliers may request vouchers in approved VPAs only and claim issued vouchers as normal.

 

  • During procurement

Projects

  • Once pre-procurement market engagement (PPME) is completed, BDUK does not intend to make any further changes to the VPA lists until after a contract is awarded.
  • Suppliers cannot submit new voucher projects in the Lot.

Vouchers

  • Suppliers may request vouchers in approved VPAs only and claim issued vouchers as normal.

 

  • After contract award and during delivery

Projects

  • VPA lists will continue and we may add premises which are not included in the scope of the contract, unless we plan an alternative procurement. 
  • New voucher projects can be submitted and will be reviewed in areas not forming part of the procurement contract. Premises in approved projects will be added to the VPA lists subject to them meeting the voucher scheme eligibility criteria.

Vouchers

  • Suppliers can request vouchers for eligible premises.

 

Voucher priority area (VPA) data

VPA data will be updated at regular intervals. We last updated the premises data for all VPAs on Monday 5 December. The update applied to any new VPAs identified up to Thursday 24 November, for all Lots where voucher eligibility is already paused and PPME is yet to be completed. Please note premises within projects, designated VPA status, are still subject to individual premises GBVS eligibility checks.

The downloadable CSV files below provide a full list of premises (UPRNs – Unique Property Reference Numbers) included within VPAs for projects approved before 5 December 2022 (under version 7.0 of the terms and conditions).

Projects submitted after 5 December 2022 will be subject to updated eligibility criteria, version 8.0 of the terms and conditions, which was introduced on 5 December when the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was relaunched and a new eligible premises Go List was introduced.

Please note: Voucher funding eligibility of a premises is not guaranteed until a voucher has been issued by BDUK. The Go List and VPA lists below should therefore be taken as an indication only.

The dates on the files and shown below indicate the date of the last update. Use the table below to identify the geographical areas covered by each Lot in each phase.

Phase 1A (05/12/2022)

Phase 1B (05/12/2022)

Phase 2A (05/12/2022)

Phase 2B (05/12/2022)

Phase 2C (05/12/2022)

Phase 3A (05/12/2022)

Phase 3B (05/12/2022)

Wales (05/12/2022)

These lists will next be updated at midday on Monday 23 January. The next update will include any newly classified VPAs identified during intervention area (IA) design, by Thursday 12 January, for all Lots where voucher eligibility is already paused but PPME is yet to be completed.

 

Project Gigabit and GBVS status

The Lot areas and Project Gigabit status’ presented in the table below will be updated quarterly in line with published Project Gigabit Delivery Plan quarterly updates.

 

Area and Lot number
Project Gigabit Status
GBVS Status
North Dorset (Lot 14.01)
Live Contract (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
Teesdale (Lot 4.01)
Live Contract (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
North Northumberland (Lot 34.01)
Live Contract (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
Cumbria (Lot 28)
Live Contract (Type B)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to Vouchers
Central Cornwall (Lot 32.03)
In procurement (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
South West Cornwall (Lot 32.02)
In procurement (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
New Forest (Lot 27.01)
In procurement (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
Mid West Shropshire (Lot 25.01)
In procurement (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
North Shropshire (Lot 25.02)
In procurement (Type A)
Local procurement (Type A). Intervention area not eligible for vouchers.
North East England (Lot 4)
In procurement (Type B)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Cambridgeshire and adjacent areas (Lot 5)
In procurement (Type B)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Norfolk (Lot 7)
In procurement (Type B)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Suffolk (Lot 2)
In procurement (Type B)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Hampshire (Lot 27)
In procurement (Type B)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Worcestershire (Lot 24)
In procurement (Type B)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and East of Berkshire (Lot 26)
In procurement (Type B)
Buckinghamshire and East of Berkshire: Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers. Hertfordshire: Unpaused. Open to eligible voucher projects.
Kent (Lot 29)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
East and West Sussex (Lot 16 and 1)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes (Lot 12)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Derbyshire (Lot 3)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire (Lot 30)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
South Wiltshire: Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers. South Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire: Unpaused. Open to all eligible voucher projects.
Leicestershire and Warwickshire (Lot 11)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Nottinghamshire and West of Lincolnshire (Lot 10)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire (Lot 8)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
South Yorkshire (Lot 20)
Pre-procurement market engagement (PPME)
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Lancashire (Lot 9)
Deferred procurement
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Surrey (Lot 22)
Deferred procurement
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Shropshire (Lot 25)
Deferred procurement
Unpaused. Open to all eligible voucher projects outside of local procurement areas.
Staffordshire (Lot 19)
Deferred procurement
Unpaused. Open to all eligible voucher projects.
Oxfordshire and West Berkshire (Lot 13)
Deferred procurement
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Cheshire (Lot 17)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Devon and Somerset (Lot 6)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Herefordshire (Lot 15)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Gloucestershire (Lot 18)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Lincolnshire (including NE Lincolnshire and N Lincolnshire) and East Riding (Lot 23)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Dorset (Lot 14)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Essex (Lot 21)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Northern North Yorkshire (Lot 31)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Birmingham and the Black Country (Lot 35)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Merseyside and Greater Manchester (Lot 36)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Greater London (Lot 37)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Newcastle and North Tyneside (Lot 38)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Wales (Lot 42, 43, 44, 45)
Public Review Closed
Paused. Only eligible projects within VPA open to vouchers.
Scotland (Lot 39,40,41)
Mapping Underway
Open to all eligible voucher projects.
Northern Ireland (Lot 46)
Mapping Underway
Open to all eligible voucher projects.

Queries

If you are a supplier and have any queries about VPAs, please contact your Commercial Manager. 

If you are a local council representative and have any queries about VPAs, please contact your Local Delivery Lead.