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June 17, 2010

Digital Switchover has £55m over

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by David Allen

By the time the UK digital switchover is completed in 2012 it is being estimated that there will be a cash surplus of around £55 million.

The government could be looking at this cash to help provide the UK with the planned next generation broadband rollout, but £55 million may not go that far in the scheme of things.

Fortunately, there is another cash pot lying around and this time it is much more and comes from the BBC-run digital switchover help scheme, which was supposed to help those in financial difficulty through the switchover process.

The amount left over from this scheme is being estimated at around £250 million, so there is now £300 million lying around doing nothing; a clear example of how not to budget.

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