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Wednesday 5th September

Wednesday 3rd October

Wednesday 7th November

All scheduled meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm






Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme




Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the government announced a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.


Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.


Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.

This means you can boost your voucher value by joining together with other businesses and residential customers. Once you have a group of other users in your locality your supplier may be able to pool your vouchers together to subsidise the cost of installing a connection.


There is no minimum size for a group project, but at least half of the total value of the vouchers in the project must be for businesses. As an example, a group project could consist of six residents each claiming a voucher value of £500, and one business claiming a voucher value of £3,000.


One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business in the future.


Find out more about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme process:


How do you apply?


The scheme will run until March 2021 or until all available funding has been allocated, and


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If you decide on a group project   businesses and/or residents in your

locality. Equally residents may contact local businesses to gauge interest in a group project.

 is only accessible through registered broadband service providers. If

 you are interested in receiving a voucher:


2. Go to the relevant section of the website (Residents or Business) and check

 whether you are eligible for a voucher.

 If you are an eligible business, you can consider whether you want to apply for a

 voucher as an individual or as part of a group project.

you will need to engage with other


3. Check whether there are suppliers in your area in the postcode search on the


If there are no registered suppliers in your area, you can approach a supplier and encourage them to register for the scheme which is open to both national and regional suppliers. This can be done via the Suppliers section of the website.

For more information go to:


4. Vouchers to offset the cost of an installation to your premises are issued directly

 to the supplier. Contact your chosen supplier that is registered on the scheme to

 discuss signing up to receive a gigabit capable connection.


For more information go to:



Over the weekend it has been brought to our attention that two of our members living in the Newbiggin / Forest-in-Teesdale area have had their   identities stolen via their post being stolen from their ‘road ends’.


On Thursday James and Charlotte Fletcher were alerted by their bank that new bank cards had been applied for as they had been lost. - This was not the case!!! It has since come to light that their post box at the end of their road had been tampered with and their post stolen which gave access to their identities. The fraudsters have tried to access both their personal bank account and have applied for credit cards in their names. To date the fraudsters   have   had   approximately   £30,000   worth   of   credit   accepted   through   variousbanks/providers.  The fraudsters have even had the new cards/PINS sent to the Fletcher’s address, and were seen waiting for the postman so they could intercept the post. James caught them trying to take the post, and managed to get there first, but unfortunately the fraudsters got away. They were 2 Asian men, aged 25 to 30 years old, 5ft 8 in height one had designer stubble, black baseball cap and dark tracksuit bottoms. This happened at 12 midday on Friday 27th April and they were using a black saloon car.


Paul   Seedhouse   and   Becky   Stevenson   have   also   been   targeted,   only   knowing   this   by receiving a PIN number for a card they weren’t expecting.   The total of credit applied for under their name is yet to be determined. The police are aware and are currently investigating; however it is very unlikely that these two are the only targets.


You can check your own credit score, which will also show you any credit which has been applied for via:             


Further information can also be sought from:

Action Fraud - - -


PLEASE share this information as widely as possible and be vigilant;- Watch for pin numbers coming through the post or other items that you know you haven’t applied for.- Ensure your mail is left in a secured box.

If you think you may have been victim to such crimes you should contact the police.

We also have a contact at Barnard Castle Royal Mail sorting office; contact us here at UTASS if you’d like these details.  01833 641010




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