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Subsidy control

3 March 2022

2022 is the year in which the UK’s new post-Brexit subsidy control regime will take effect. The new Subsidy Control Bill, currently working its way through Parliament, will form the backbone of the UK’s new subsidy control regime. The new Bill will replace the EU’s state aid rules, which applied until the end of the Brexit transition period. The Bill aims to:

  • empower local authorities, public bodies and central and devolved governments to design subsidies that deliver strong benefits for the UK taxpayer;
  • enable authorities to deliver subsidies that are tailored and bespoke to local needs in order to support UK Government priorities such as levelling up, achieving net zero and increasing UK research and development investment;
  • provide certainty and confidence to businesses investing in the UK; and
  • contribute towards meeting the UK’s international commitments on subsidy control.

These are ambitious objectives and require the new regime to manage a difficult balancing act between several competing interests. They will be of particular interest to larger multi academy trusts whose trading arms will be subject to the regime — in particular the funding of these entities.

At this stage, the Bill is passing through the Houses of Parliament; however, we expect imminently that secondary legislation will provide greater detail about the new regime and enable greater planning in anticipation of the introduction of legislation later in the year.

If you would like to know more about the regime, subsidy control experts Alex Kynoch and Angelica Hymers will be hosting an online webinar on the 30 March. The session will explore the practicalities of complying with the new Subsidy Control Bill and consider the impact of illustrative guidance and policy statements recently published by the Government. Click here to register.

Alex also explores the principles, prohibited subsidies restrictions and exemptions laid down in the Bill in his article New Year, New Subsidy Control Regime Part 1. While Angelica considers streamlined subsidy schemes, transparency, the role of the Competition and Markets Authority and the enforcement provisions in Part 2: Schemes, enforcement and transparency under the Subsidy Control Bill.

Training and events


Safeguarding Training for Governors and Trustees Interactive session via Zoom

This two-hour safeguarding course via zoom is designed specifically for governors and trustees. It steers away from operational safeguarding matters and instead focuses on strategic safeguarding and good safeguarding governance, meeting the requirements of The Governance Handbook 2022 and Keeping Children Safe 2022.

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Training for Lead Safeguarding Governors and Trustees Interactive session via Zoom

This course runs over 2 x 90 minute sessions and commences with he first session at 4pm on the 10th October and then the 2nd session at 4pm on the 17th October. This tailored lead safeguarding course is designed specifically for your Lead Safeguarding Governor/Trustee. Building on our course for all governors and trustees, in this course delegates focus on the role of the Lead Safeguarding Governor/Trustee and the relationship with the DSL.

Session one: 4pm to 5.30pm on 10 October 2022 and
Session two: 4pm to 5.30pm on 17 October 2022

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