So the government ran a scheme to improve broadband for those living outside the village,
Why have they done this? Are they doing this across the country?
Between BT and VM (and a small number of tiny altnets), commercial upgrades to "superfast" speeds (>24Mbps) reached about 75% of the premises. BT reached their part of this in Spring 2014.
Central government, as "BDUK", part-funded around 45 local schemes to get that percentage higher, with each scheme adding some local funding and, in some cases, EU funding. Those 45 schemes range across the country, but portions are left out - London, Bristol, Hull for example.
The target for phase 1 of those schemes was to get superfast speeds to another 4 million premises - or 90% of the country. That was due to have happened by the end of 2015, and the target was probably reached a couple of months ago.
Phase 2 is mostly up and running now, with a target of 95%, or another 1.5 million premises.
Money is being recovered from phase 1 through underspend and clawback mechanisms, and is likely to be spent getting further coverage. Expectations are that this will fund coverage of a further 1%, or another 150,000 premises.
Meanwhile, commercial work continues - with BT funding more coverage in London (and, supposedly, 29 other cities), and with VM funding an expansion of their network - increasing coverage by around a quarter of their existing size.
I have contacted them and they deem our speed to be good enough.
"Them"? The local government scheme?
It probably isn't that they deem your speed to be good enough - with speeds below 24Mbps, you probably classify as "NGA white" in the project vernacular.
Instead, they probably deem you to be too expensive to upgrade at present, and that other local communities offer better value for the money.
It may be worth clarifying this with them - to ensure that you do qualify for future subsidies.