This set out capital spending projects in housing, health, education and transport - including A9 and A96 dualling [sic] and next generation broadband.Miss Sturgeon (Deputy First Minister) said:
Opposition parties have branded the plans a "wish list".
In this financial year we are supporting capital investment of £3.1bn - that's estimated to be supporting around 40,000 jobs across the economy.The Scottish Govt press release gave some details.
The November 2011 infrastructure investment plan (IIP) has been updated with a range of new documents.
The progress report restated the digital infrastructure action plan:
- Step Change 2015 – to deliver a next generation digital infrastructure for between 85-90 per cent of premises across Scotland and the best possible uplift in speeds for the remaining 10-15 per cent.
- World-Class 2020 – to establish a world class digital infrastructure in Scotland that builds upon the platform provided by Step Change 2015, through a sustainable partnership with industry.
- Demonstrating Digital – to deliver a series of practical infrastructure projects in both urban and rural areas.
- Choose Digital First - to raise demand for next generation broadband services thereby helping to improve the commercial case for investment in next generation infrastructure.
The Next Generation Broadband Action Plan has a total of £240 million presently committed:
- £100 million from UK Government (through BDUK)
- £60 million from Scottish Government
- £40 million from local government consequentials (i.e. UK Govt)
- £20 million EU funding and
- £20 million from local authorities.