Community Energy England has dropped its plans to launch a legal challenge to the UK Government’s cuts to support for community projects. 

The organisation had threatened to trigger a judicial review of the Conservatives’ closure of the Enterprise Investment Scheme to community energy projects. 

The group said that it would use its “scarce resources” to help the Treasury become “better informed” about the benefits of community energy in the hope of alternations to Social Investment Tax Relief. 

It also criticised the Treasury for not publishing details of why it had decided to remove tax relief. 

‘Evidence is too weak’ 

Philip Wolfe, Chairman of Community Energy England, said: “We are disappointed that HM Treasury refused to provide the results of its monitoring to justify its U-turn. 

“It offered just one document, but only if we kept it secret.  

“This isn’t a national security matter, so we have concluded that the evidence is too weak to be published.”

See Community Energy England's announcement