Hertfordshire County Council revealed that it is returning grant funding for decarbonisation projects as it had not spent the money on time. At the Resources and Performance Cabinet Panel meeting on 7 July, it was disclosed that nearly £5m of Salix Decarbonisation grant funding will be handed back to the government as the deadline for spending the grant passed on 30 June. It was confirmed that only £18-£19m of the £23.5m Salix grant had been spent by the deadline due to delays and schemes not being carried forward.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Spokesperson for Resources and Performance, County Councillor Sally Symington, said "it is very disappointing that despite obtaining funding through the Salix Decarbonisation scheme for sustainability-led projects, including the installation of solar panels, Air Source Heat Pumps and double glazing across schools and council-owned buildings, the projects could not be delivered in time. When funds are so tight, the climate emergency so pressing and with the cost-of-living crisis biting hard, it is ridiculous to be returning grants to central government. All the more so, when the funding is to tackle carbon emissions in the public sector by reducing energy use and saving the council money".