Subsidy control consultation - Designing a new approach for the UK

Closed 31 Mar 2021

Opened 3 Feb 2021


Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK has the freedom to design a new domestic subsidy control regime that reflects our strategic interests and particular national circumstances. The Government aims to deliver a regime that:

  • Facilitates strategic interventions to support Government priorities, including supporting the economy’s recovery from Covid-19;
  • Takes account of the economic needs of the UK’s individual nations and strengthens the economic bonds of our Union;
  • Protects the UK’s competitive and dynamic market economy; and,
  • Ensures that subsidies in the UK are given in line with our international commitments including those in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

This consultation invites views on the best way to design a bespoke approach to subsidy control. The Government is seeking thoughts on any additions to the principles underpinning the regime, as well as any subsidies which should be excluded from the commitments to these principles. We are also asking for views on how to best manage the most distortive kinds of subsidies, in addition to opinions on the role and powers of the independent body that will oversee the regime.

Subject to stakeholder views, and any evidence received as part of this consultation, the Government will bring forward primary legislation to establish in domestic law a subsidy control system that works for the entirety of the UK.

Read the consultation document and impact assessment on GOV.UK.


  • Anyone from any background


  • Economic growth
  • Regulation and red tape