Grant scheme for South Yorkshire businesses closed down

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A grant scheme that gave firms up to £3,000 to install superfast broadband has been abruptly shut down.

Telecoms companies across South Yorkshire were sent a surprise letter saying the connection voucher scheme ‘has been suspended with immediate effect’.

The funding was expected to last until November. But an email arrived last week from Broadband Delivery UK, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, stating: ‘funds were close to being fully committed and it has now become necessary to suspend the scheme’.

Some 586 firms received £887,000 to upgrade their broadband.

A DCMS spokesman said the scheme had been suspended, “pending confirmation the remaining funds have now been allocated.”