Delivering the Phase 1 Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

This page provides information to help local authorities deliver and complete their project under Section 31 of Phase 1 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).  

You will find key documents and dates as well as information about webinars, slides, videos and guidance on completing your project. 

All projects will be following our completions pathway, with deadlines to close projects below. 
 

Type of change request Deadlines
Submission of grant statement of expenditure Within one calendar month of your grant end date
Submission of completion documents Within one calendar month of your practical completion date
Final project costs Within one calendar month of your practical completion date

Standard, partial and delayed completion guidance   

Standard completion guidance for projects that have completed works on site by 30 June 2022.  

Documents required for standard completion 

1. Completion & Confirmation of Final Value Letter (CCVL) [Link – See here]

2. Evidence to support the closure of all outstanding conditions from the Grant Offer
Letter (GOL) and Grant Amendment Letter (GAL)

3. Revised support tool, where necessary, if costs or minor scope changes have occurred
to finalise the expected carbon savings on completion

4. Photographic evidence of installed kit.
a) Where several units have been installed, we will accept a sample.
b) For those technologies that are not clear to photograph (e.g. loft or cavity wall
insulation or pipework) we can accept in-progress photographs

5. Invoices*

6. Statement of Expenditure for all PSDS works (note: evidence should only be for PSDS
funded work, match funded elements should be excluded/highlighted).

7. Completion certificate(s) from the contractor(s).

8. Contractor name webform (sent by your SRM)

9. Buildings & Technologies Data (sent by your SRM)

10. If remaining work is being funded from other sources, then a letter from the S151
Officer confirming that this funding has been allocated to the project.

Partial completion guidance for projects follow this guidance due to the late materialisation of an issue, which prevents them from completing all their works by the grant end date. Grant recipients who are unable to complete their projects may have incurred permitted spend on elements of the project before the decision to stop the project was taken. All partially complete projects will need to be discussed with your Salix relationship manager first. 

Delayed completion guidance for projects that will not complete by 30 June 2022, and the grant recipient has committed to fund the rest beyond this date. 

Phase 1, Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Section 31 webinars

PSDS Phase 1 Section 31, June 2022 slides

PSDS Phase 1 Section 31 FAQs June 2022

As well as these FAQs please see here the checklist of documents which much be provided as part of the standard completions. The required documents for completion are shown below.

Key documents  

Monthly monitoring report 

Monthly monitoring report  

Permitted Spend  

Guidance on permitted spend (Section 31 clients) 

Frequently asked questions on permitted spend (section 31 clients)  

 

More information about section 31 

BEIS has given Salix Finance approval to allow Phase 1 PSDS projects that have been funded under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 to have longer to complete.   
 
Some Phase 1 PSDS grants were made under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 which provides Government with a general power to give grants to local authorities for any purpose. The definition of local authorities includes unitary, district and county councils, combined authorities and police and fire authorities. 
 
Under Section 31 it means that if a project cannot be completed by 31 March 2022, Salix Finance can exercise discretion in approving practical completion dates up to 30 June 2022. Read more here. 

 

Previous webinars
Salix Finance organised a series of webinars to help clients complete their projects. 

Webinar slides

Thursday 3 February webinar slides - here

Case Study

Phase 1 Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Case Studies

Colchester Institute

Colchester Institute utilises £3.1m grant to save over 500 tonnes of carbon per year.

Winchester University

Winchester University utilises £3.1m grant to save over 500 tonnes of carbon per year.

Bedford College

The Bedford College Group harness the power of the Ouse River to decarbonise heating with £2.8 million grant.

St Andrews School

St Andrew’s School becomes carbon neutral with pupils at the heart of vision for sustainable future

London Borough of Hounslow implement decarbonisation measures across 33 primary schools.

London Borough of Hounslow implement decarbonisation measures across 33 primary schools.