Corporate Governance Framework
22 - Capital projects
22.1. All capital projects, whether already underway or beginning during this period, are subject to the Department's investment appraisal processes, although the Department will not expect to see any expenditure below the capital limits as a matter of course. Any capital expenditure that exceeds the Gambling Commission's delegated capital limit must be referred to the DCMS Finance Committee for approval at three stages of development, as set out in guidance issued by the Department. The figure used in calculating whether the costs exceed the delegated limit is the lifetime cost of the capital project, including non-exchequer funding and any increased running costs ensuing from it.
22.2. Where projects are reliant on donations or sponsorship that have yet to be confirmed, demonstration of a staggered approach to completion (i.e. that takes account of the funds secured to date before proceeding with each stage) will be more likely to receive approval to proceed.
22.3. When considering the case for capital projects, the Gambling Commission is expected to use the Treasury's Green Book methodology (or its successor), as modified or enhanced by guidance from DCMS. This is the case for evaluating a capital project regardless of whether the project requires DCMS Finance Committee approval. The Department reserves the right to receive copies of business cases for projects below the Gambling Commission's delegated limit or elements of it, such as the Net Present Value calculation.
Last updated: 27 February 2023
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