Gigabit broadband voucher scheme

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Wakefield Gigabit Voucher Scheme

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme helps to assist businesses and residents of the Wakefield district gain access to higher speed broadband - this is currently limited due to lack of investment and other financial barriers.

Gigabit vouchers will be available to both SME businesses and residents, and will help to fund the installation of high speed broadband into both commercial and residential property. This means that the Wakefield district – overtime - will have increased gigabit capable coverage.

The government aim to see fifteen million premises connected to full-fibre broadband by 2025. The Gigabit Voucher Scheme will help to achieve this target.

The funding of the voucher scheme is from the ‘Getting Building Fund’, which is being supported by Minstry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and aims to make higher speed broadband financially accessible to businesses and local residents of the Wakefield district – particularly in rural areas.

​Maximum funds per business
£7,000​
​Maximum funds per residence
£2,500​

Residential Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current connection must be 30Mb/s or lower.

  • Ensure you are living an a rural area  by checking on the National Gigabit Homepage
  • All new connections must be capable of Gigabit speeds however, you are not  required to take a gigabit product.

Business Eligibility Criteria:

In order to qualify for a business voucher you will be asked to self-certify that you are an Small or Medium size Enterprise (SME), as defined by sections 465 to 467 of the Companies Act 2006 which can be summarised as:
  • Current connection must be 30Mb/s or lower.
  • Up to 249 employees and annual turnover no greater than £36 million; and/or 
  • An annual balance sheet total not exceeding £18 million. 
  • You will be asked to provide evidence of your status as a SME or sole trader.
  • All new connections must be capable of Gigabit speeds however, you are not  required to take a gigabit product.


This Scheme will allocate funding in the form of vouchers to enable high speed capable connections to areas that are unlikely to benefit from commercial investment.

Please note that only Wakefield residents and SMEs can apply.

Please also note, applicants can only apply for either Wakefield Council funding or the national funding – it is not possible to apply for both.

If you are eligible and would like to apply please download an application form and send completed documents to: GigabitVoucher@wakefield.gov.uk


Wakefield District Map

This map shows the whole of the Wakefield district, highlighting the rural areas in green and the more developed areas in red or grey.

Application process:

Download an application form here.

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Send a postal letter to the Gigabit Project Team at Wakefield Council, Care of County Hall Post Room, County Hall, Bond Street, Wakefield, WF1 2QW to request an application.

OR

Send an email to GigabitVoucher@wakefield.gov.uk.

In keeping with our security of information arrangements you can use our CryptShare system to send the information securely. Please see the Cryptshare guidance here. Once the application form is complete, using Cryptshare please submit it to GigabitVoucher@wakefield.gov.uk (preferred option)

or send to Gigabit Project Team at Wakefield Council, Care of County Hall Post Room, County Hall, Bond Street, Wakefield, WF1 2QW.

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