Subsidy Control

As one of the UK’s leading firms advising the public sector, many of our clients are affected by the Subsidy Control Act 2022 which sets out the UK’s prevailing subsidy control rules.

As such, we have accumulated a wealth of experience in advising on matters relating to subsidies and schemes and when they can be validly given.

Our recognised team of experts are able to break down the complexities of the new subsidy control regime to give pragmatic, solution-focused advice.

Their expertise covers a range of areas including analysis of compliance with subsidy control principles, the use of streamlined routes and assistance with referrals to the Subsidy Advice Unit.

We have extensive experience advising the public sector and the private sector (as beneficiaries to subsidies), meaning we are able to propose suitably tailored routes to subsidy control compliance for our clients. We regularly advise on the following:

  • Designing and issuing grant schemes in compliance with the subsidy control principles
  • Drafting assessments of subsidies against the principles (as required under the new regime)
  • Whether a subsidy arises
  • The scope of automatically unlawful subsidies
  • Exemptions to the new regime, streamlined routes and subsidy schemes
  • The continuing application of EU State aid rules and the Northern Ireland Protocol (where applicable)

Our experts also regularly provide training for public bodies on all aspects of the new regime.

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Subsidy Advice Report Tracker

DBT, Post Office IT Interim Funding

The value of the grant award is up to £122.7 million, including a £19.7 million contingency. The purpose of the...
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DBT, Post Office Limited

The value of the grant award is up to £190 million, including £40 million contingency. Its purpose is as a...
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West Midlands Combined Authority – Transport for West Midlands, West Midlands Bus Recovery Grant Scheme

The total value of the scheme is £74.44 million. The purpose of the scheme is to respond to the impact...
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DESNZ, Net Zero Hydrogen Fund scheme

The value of the scheme is up to £240 million (a single beneficiary may receive in excess of the SOPI...
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Dundee City Council, Loganair Limited

The value of the subsidy is a maximum of £6,216,255 million. The purpose is to maintain a commercial air route...
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Highlands and Islands Enterprises, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd

The value of the subsidy is £24.5 million. The purpose of the subsidy is to facilitate the building of a...
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Welsh Government, Stena Line Ports Ltd

The value of the subsidy is £28 million. The purpose of the subsidy was to incentivise the refurbishment of the...
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Coventry City Council, Shearer Property Group Limited and Hill Holdings Limited

The value of the subsidy is £37.25 million. The purpose of the subsidy was to redevelop Coventry City Centre South....
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Warrington Borough Council, LiveWire

The total value of the subsidy is estimated as a minimum of £8,812,000. The purpose of the subsidy was to...
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Birmingham City Council, Stoford Digbeth Ltd

The total value of the subsidy is £14.3 million. The purpose of the subsidy was to address the viability gap...
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DESNZ, Heat Pump Investment Accelerator Competition scheme

The scheme has a £30 million budget, with applicants allowed to apply for a maximum of £15 million per project....
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DESNZ, National Nuclear Laboratory

The subsidy is valued at £21.5 million. The purpose of the subsidy was to fund the acceleration of domestic TRISO...
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Warrington Borough Council, Warrington’s Own Buses

The subsidy is valued at £43,940,842 and was therefore a Subsidy of Particular Interest. The purpose of the subsidy was...
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Greater London Authority, Refugee Housing Programme scheme

The GLA has £126,183,294 available – they estimate that single beneficiaries may receive more than £10 million within the applicable...
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The Arts Council of England, English National Opera

The value of the subsidy is £11.46 million. The purpose of the subsidy was to address a funding gap in...
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DESNZ, The Energy Bills Discount Scheme for Energy and Trade Intensive Industries (“EBDS-ETII”)

DESNZ estimates that awards to some ETII beneficiaries would likely exceed £10 million (precise amounts not able to be confirmed)....
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BEIS, Contracts for Difference (CfD)

The estimated value of the lifetime subsidy over 15 years is more than £10 million (orecise amount not able to...
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