The UK subsidy control regime began on 4 January 2023. It enables public authorities, including devolved administrations and local authorities, to give subsidies that are tailored to their local needs, and that drive economic growth while minimising distortion to UK competition and protecting our international obligations.
This page provides information on:
the subsidy control regime
the UK’s international subsidy control requirements
the role of departments, devolved governments and the Subsidy Advice Unit (within the Competition and Markets Authority) in supporting public authorities
Public authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should contact the subsidy control teams in the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Civil Service for support and guidance:
Are you a public authority about to award a subsidy? Would you like to understand better how this fits in with the Subsidy Control Act 2022?
We are holding online one-to-one guidance sessions to help support you through the new regime. The sessions currently run up until March 2023: see Eventbrite for specific dates and registration details.
We have published statutory guidance on the subsidy control regime, as well as a shorter guide to help explain the regime to public authorities and a subsidy control principles assessment template.