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Annual Broadband Delivery UK Administrative Costs Reach GBP5.9 Million

Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2013 (8:37 am) - Score 675

The government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office, which is responsible for overseeing the national and £1.2bn publicly funded roll-out of fixed line superfast broadband (25Mbps+) services to about 88% of people by the end of 2015 and 95% by 2017, spent £5.979m on admin costs in the last tax year (April 2012 – Late March 2013).

The latest data only reflects large administrative payments (above £25,000) made by BDUK as part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and thus does not include smaller payments, mobile/spectrum related costs or any of the relevant grants to Local Authorities (LA).

Never the less £5.9m would appear to be more than the allocated BDUK budget of £3.8m for 2012-13 (here), although it’s roughly on par with the previous 2011-12 budget of £5.85 million. It should also be noted that BDUK has, in the last tax year, taken on responsibility for the £150m+ Urban Broadband Fund (i.e. “Super-Connected Cities“) project.

Last year it was revealed that £9.8m of the office’s budget (here) had been spent on 70 external consultants (May 2010 to September 2012) and the department suffered a staff turnover rate of 110% for three quarters (the rate at which an employer gains and loses employees). ISPreview.co.uk also published a related list of BDUK staff roles in November last year.

As usual most of the latest admin costs have gone towards international law firms (e.g. Pinsent Masons), recruitment/contract firms (e.g. Capita Resourcing), financial advisers (e.g. KPMG) and IT solutions providers (e.g. Atos). It’s obviously a lot of money but then government schemes always tend to attract a lot of paper work and BDUK’s legal costs are easily the biggest sink holes for their budget; those familiar with the scheme won’t be surprised by that.

Date Expense Type Expense area Supplier Amount £ VAT Registration Number
03/04/2012 Basic Pay (Secondees) Broadband Delivery UK HM Treasury 37,500.00 FEE RECOVERY
24/04/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 339,736.72 BDUK DELIVERY SUPPORT
24/04/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 366,677.52 SUPPORT FOR RURAL, MIP & URBAN BROAD
24/04/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 87,843.72 LOCAL PARTNERSHIP FEES
24/04/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 39,856.26 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES 17.01-24.02.12
24/04/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 56,498.15 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES 27.02-27.03.12
24/04/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 76,004.03 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES 08.02-21.03.12
24/04/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 91,384.10 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES
01/05/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK Capita Resourcing Ltd 81,982.49
01/05/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 95,878.80 BDUK PROGRAMME MARCH 2012
18/06/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK) Local Partnerships 88,705.20 BDUK – APRIL 2012
03/07/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 38,380.00 BDUP MIP JUNE 2012
03/07/2012 Other Consultancy Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 48,070.00 BES 5 UPGRADE
03/07/2012 Other Consultancy Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 50,749.30 BES 5 UPGRADE
03/07/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 171,962.48 BDUK MAY 2012
03/07/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 47,135.01 MAY 12 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES
03/07/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 53,299.37 CHARGES: 28/3 to 30/4/12
03/07/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 60,965.63 MAY 12 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES
03/07/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 87,496.28 CHARGES: 28/3 TO 30/4/12
06/07/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 84,912.12 MAY 12 RURAL BROADBAND FEE
27/07/2012 Basic Pay (Secondees) Broadband Delivery UK HM Treasury 37,500.00 FEE RECOVERY APRIL-JUNE 12
27/07/2012 Basic Pay (Secondees) Broadband Delivery UK HM Treasury 40,184.19 FEE RECOVERY APR-JUNE 2012
27/07/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 173,409.57 SUPPORT FOR RURAL, MIP & URBAN BROADBAND
27/07/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 76,584.19 RURAL BROADBAND PROGRAMME
09/08/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 57,738.13 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES 28/5 – 29/6/12
09/08/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 95,188.13 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES 27/5 – 29/6/12
13/08/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 60,670.00 BDUK MIP END JUNE/JULY 2012
13/08/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 87,019.49 RURAL BROAD PROGRAMME JUL 12
28/08/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 21,660.00 COST MODELLING SUPPORT JULY 2012
28/08/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 136,376.70 JULY 2012 CHARGES
28/08/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 50,135.63 JUNE 2012 CHARGES
28/08/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 104,372.57 JULY 12 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES
18/09/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 43,900.00 BDUK MIP AUGUST 2012
18/09/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK Capita Resourcing Ltd 28,416.96
18/09/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK Capita Resourcing Ltd 53,532.62
18/09/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 148,552.70 AUGUST 2012 – PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
24/09/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 59,512.30 RURAL BROADBAND – AUG 12
01/10/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 49,546.25 AUG 12 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES
01/10/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 96,105.30 AUG 12 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES
09/10/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK Capita Resourcing Ltd 30,952.57
09/10/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 224,868.40 SEPT 12 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
23/10/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 43,165.00 BDUP MIP SEPT 12
31/10/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 81,357.60 Rural Broadband
02/11/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 92,715.65 PROFESSIONAL CHARGE – SEP 12
06/11/2012 ERNIC (Secondees) Broadband Delivery UK HM Treasury 37,500.00
08/11/2012 Temp staff Interim managers Broadband Delivery UK Capita Resourcing Ltd 29,613.79
08/11/2012 Basic Pay (Secondees) Broadband Delivery UK HM Treasury 40,184.13 SECONDMENT JULY – SEPT 2012
08/11/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 134,036.52 JUNE 12 SERVICES
08/11/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 45,380.63 SEPT 12 CHARGES
13/11/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 55,290.00 BDUK MIP OCT 2012
13/11/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 82,730.47 RURAL BROADBAND PROGRAMME OCT 12
27/11/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 216,896.59 Fees BDUK October 2012
28/11/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 50,675.65 OCTOBER 12 CHARGES
28/11/2012 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 137,967.57 OCTOBER 12 CHARGES
18/12/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 49,770.00 BDUK NOV 12
18/12/2012 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 89,972.22 RURAL BROADBAND – NOV 12
03/01/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 220,447.79 NOVEMBER 12 BDUK FEES
03/01/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Plum Consulting 21,300.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
15/01/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 30,970.00 BDUK MIP DEC 2012
15/01/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 71,325.58 DEC 12 – RURAL BROADBAND
13/02/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 143,705.01 FEES – SUPPORTING BDUK DEC 2012
13/02/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 94,781.38 RURAL BROADBAND PROG JAN 13
25/02/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK KPMG LLP 229,907.85 FEES JANUARY 2013
25/02/2013 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 30,081.90 PERIOD DECEMBER 2012
25/02/2013 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 48,005.02 PERIOD NOVEMBER 2012
25/02/2013 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 72,653.78 PERIOD NOVEMBER 2012
04/03/2013 Legal Services – Programme Broadband Delivery UK Pinsent Masons 38,001.89 PROFESSIONAL CHARGES JANUARY 2013
12/03/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Atos IT Services UK Limited 34,382.50 DCMS TRANS MIP JAN 13
12/03/2013 Management Consultants Broadband Delivery UK Local Partnerships 75,529.27 RURAL BROADBAND PROG FEB13
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