Brexit

DfE drive to check council readiness for Brexit

19/09/2019

The Department for Education (DfE) is attempting to gain a better understanding of school sector and council readiness just weeks before the Government’s Brexit deadline.

Government warned resilience forums could be stretched

04/09/2019

Local resilience forums (LRFs) would be stretched if Brexit forced them into 24/7 operations over an extended period, the Government has been warned in a report leaked to The MJ.

Welsh ministers call for ‘end of austerity’

30/08/2019

Local government leaders across Wales have joined with ministers to call for an end to austerity.

Jenrick announces £9m Brexit cash for councils

22/08/2019

The Government has announced £9m to help local areas and major ports prepare for Brexit.

Local government ‘shut out’ of Brexit discussions, Labour warns

08/08/2019

Andrew Gwynne, the shadow secretary of state for communities and local government, has raised concerns that local authorities will not be represented on the Government’s EU Exit Operations Committee.

Whitehall commits £20m to help councils prepare for Brexit

05/08/2019

Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s announcement that £20m will be made available to help with Brexit preparations, but warned there are still ‘information gaps’ relating to the UK’s exit from the EU.

Free-trade zones to ‘turbocharge’ investment, Whitehall claims

02/08/2019

The Government has invited ports and airports across the UK to bid to become one of 10 new free trade areas in a move it argues will boost post-Brexit trade.

Chancellor announces £2.1bn to prepare for ‘no-deal’ Brexit

01/08/2019

Sajid Javid has announced a £2.1bn cash boost in order to prepare the UK for a no-deal Brexit.

Open letter to Boris Johnson

25/07/2019

The MJ's editor Heather Jameson asks the new PM a simple question: do you want to fund local government or do you want to scale back services to the basics?

Welsh councils call for ‘clarity’ over post-Brexit funding

24/07/2019

Clarity over future funding arrangements is crucial to ensure support for rural communities in Wales after Brexit, councils have warned.

Council chiefs call for devolution to rural communities after Brexit

04/07/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to devolve more powers to rural areas in the event that Britain leaves the European Union.

Hedging the currency risk

02/07/2019

Following the recent news that Croydon Council is considering hedging the currency risk in its pension fund, Jackie Bowie offers her view on optimal strategies to achieve the best outcome.

Post-Brexit free trade zones could ‘rebalance the economy’, think tank claims

25/06/2019

Whitehall should establish free trade zones in most deprived areas after Brexit in order to incentivise growth and rebalance the economy, think tank argues.

Poorest areas could lose billions after Brexit, campaigners warn

11/06/2019

The poorest areas of Britain could lose billions of pounds in post-Brexit funding, campaigners have warned.

Whitehall warned not to ‘roll-back’ on devolution agenda

24/04/2019

Cornwall council has urged the Government not to ‘roll-back’ from the promise of greater devolution after Brexit.

Concern over councils' ability to cope with polls

17/04/2019

Council chiefs have raised concerns with Government about the sector’s capacity to run EU elections so close on the heels of local polls.

Austerity 'could end at the Spending Review'

11/04/2019

There is a ‘genuine chance’ austerity will end at the Spending Review, according to upbeat director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson.

Call for inspection pause in case of Brexit hit

10/04/2019

Council chiefs have urged Whitehall to be ready to ease pressures on the sector for up to six months if Brexit threatens to stretch capacity.

Whitehall slammed for ‘failing’ to help councils prepare for Brexit

03/04/2019

Council chiefs call for powers to be devolved from Brussels to councils post-Brexit after MPs warn of a lack of preparation for a possible exit from the EU.

Welsh councils receive £1.2m for Brexit preparations

14/03/2019

Each local in Wales will receive £45,000 to help ramp up their work to prepare for Brexit.

Children left vulnerable to abuse due to focus on Brexit, report warns

12/03/2019

Councils are failing to protect children from abuse in England due to ‘systematic’ safeguarding failures, a new report has warned.

Whitehall accused of bribing MPs with £1.6bn Brexit fund

04/03/2019

MPs have accused the PM of trying to buy their support ahead of a key Brexit vote with the announcement of a £1.6bn fund for deprived areas of the country.

Government urged to publish a rural strategy

01/03/2019

Government has been urged to address its ‘inadequate’ rural policy ahead of Brexit.

Council chiefs call for ‘power and control’ over funding after Brexit

27/02/2019

Leaving the EU risks exacerbating regional inequalities, but it also provides an opportunity to rethink the Government’s approach to regional funding.

Holyrood passes £42.5bn budget but warns of Brexit recession

22/02/2019

Holyrood has approved the 2019-20 budget which will see billions invested into public services — but warned Brexit could push Scotland into recession.

Sector fumes over lack of pre-Brexit briefing

21/02/2019

Councils have threatened to walk away from Government attempts to engage with them on Brexit amid growing frustrations about the response to their concerns.

NILGA: Give councils the power to change Northern Ireland

11/02/2019

The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has called for the role of councils to be formally reviewed and strengthened after the elections in May, giving greater decision making powers to local people and places.

Councils accused of not doing enough to prepare for Brexit

04/02/2019

Councils are not doing enough to prepare for Brexit and need to step up their game, the concerned Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has told sector figures.

Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs

31/01/2019

Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.

Local government and Brexit: a steady hand is needed

30/01/2019

While the £56.5m cash injection this week will go some way in helping councils prepare for the impact of Brexit, Mark Whitehead warns local government will be on the frontline for dealing with worst case scenarios.

Councils to receive £56.5m to prepare for Brexit

29/01/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a £56m handout from the Government to cover costs resulting from Brexit over the next two years, plus a pledge that any future costs will be fully funded.

EXCLUSIVE: No-deal Brexit funding call

23/01/2019

Smith Square has pushed Marsham Street to provide funding for councils to implement their no-deal Brexit plans as Whitehall urges local authorities to act now.

The top ten things for local government to be aware of in 2019

11/01/2019

2019 looks set to be a year of interesting challenges and opportunities for local government. Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy offer their predictions for the year ahead.

Mayor Khan calls for withdrawal of Article 50

10/12/2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to withdraw Article 50 to protect the capital’s economy from the effects of Brexit.

Local government finance settlement delayed by Brexit debate

05/12/2018

Today's provisional local government finance settlement has been delayed – just weeks after Whitehall agreed to bring it forward and fix a date.

Councils should set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit

30/11/2018

Food policy experts are advising local authorities to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for different Brexit scenarios.

Brexit will not halt economic growth, says Walkley

29/11/2018

Economic growth will not grind to a halt when we leave the European Union, chief executive of Homes England Nick Walkley has predicted.

NHS could be 51,000 nurses short after Brexit

06/11/2018

The NHS could be short of 51,000 nurses by the end of the Brexit transition period, a new report has warned today.

No-deal Brexit disruption warning

31/10/2018

Local authorities have been warned to prepare for up to three months of disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Liverpool mayor calls for ‘fair funding formula’ for councils

29/10/2018

The mayor of Liverpool has called for a Royal Commission to ensure a ‘fair funding formula’ for local council services.

Budget 2018: Cash for care could be swallowed up by rates relief

28/10/2018

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to announce nearly a billion pounds for social care in an austerity-busting budget later today.

Ministry moves on Brexit

24/10/2018

Senior Marsham Street officials have stepped up their preparations for Brexit after complaints from frustrated councils that they were being shut out of the process.

Councils warn £1bn is at risk of being returned to EU

15/10/2018

Nearly £1bn earmarked for local investment will be lost if the Government does not act soon, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Reform Apprenticeship Levy ahead of Brexit, CBI says

09/10/2018

Business leaders have urged the Government to reform the Apprenticeship Levy in order to help solve some of the economy’s challenges ahead of Brexit.

Metro mayors call for post-Brexit fiscal devolution

08/10/2018

Four of England’s metro mayors are demanding control over the cash set to replace Brussels funding in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Brexit towns to be 'hardest hit' by impact, researchers warn

19/09/2018

Towns that voted in favour of Brexit will be hardest hit by its effects for the next 10 years, researchers have warned.

More for less? Residents will be getting less for more

17/09/2018

There are no more easy pickings when it comes to cuts and now the cracks in austerity plans are taking their toll, writes Heather Jameson.

Burnham calls for no-deal Brexit contingency plan

05/09/2018

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is expected to call for a contingency plan in case of a no-deal Brexit in a major speech later today.

Council first to use new legal powers to demand Brexit clarity

29/08/2018

The leader of Plymouth City Council is hoping to force the Government to reveal the impact Brexit will have on the city through the use of new legal powers.

Crunch time for municipal bonds

23/08/2018

The struggling Municipal Bonds Agency has pleaded for councils to ‘pull behind us’ amid warnings it could run out of money before issuing a bond.

Brexit will cause ‘social care workforce crisis’, think tank warns

22/08/2018

Ending freedom of movement after Brexit could mean more than 100,000 fewer adult social care workers by 2026, a think tank has warned.

MPs call for ‘rethink’ of devolution after Brexit

31/07/2018

MPs have called for more powers to be handed to English regions as part of a rethink of devolution after Brexit.

Council chiefs call for consultation on EU regional funding post-Brexit

13/07/2018

Local government leaders have welcomed the Brexit White Paper’s acknowledgement of how important EU regional funding is to local areas, but they urge Whitehall to provide more detail.

Devolution crucial to weathering post-Brexit ‘storm’, council chiefs say

04/07/2018

Local authority leaders have called for more powers in order to deal with the ‘perfect storm’ that is likely to hit rural communities after Brexit.

Public service leaders 'kept in dark' over Brexit

27/06/2018

The majority of public service leaders have warned they have not received enough information from the Government in order to plan effectively for Brexit.

Council chiefs back post-Brexit health cooperation with EU

13/06/2018

Local authority leaders have backed a call for continued cooperation with the European Union in order to tackle infectious diseases after Brexit.

Brexit threatens UK’s access to food safety systems, warn council chiefs

30/05/2018

Council leaders have called on Whitehall and the EU to ensure the UK's access to food safety and animal health systems remains available after Brexit.

Local councils urged to bid for EU wi-fi funding before Brexit

22/05/2018

Town and city councils are being urged to bid for an EU grant to install public wi-fi before Brexit comes into effect.

MPs call for 'credible, long-term plan' for social care

09/05/2018

MPs today called on ministers to outline a ‘credible, long-term plan’ to reverse the perception of English social care as a ‘source of national shame’.

Report calls for a bespoke workforce deal with the EU

03/05/2018

Only a bespoke workforce deal with the EU would allow the public sector to recruit top-end talent as well as sufficient numbers of skilled workers and lower-skilled staff, according to finance chiefs.

Parish councils to ‘re-think’ role after Brexit

01/05/2018

Community council leaders have announced they will be starting a ‘big, radical conversation’ on the role of parish councils in the post-Brexit local government landscape.

Cornwall proposes post-Brexit plan to create 20,000 jobs

27/04/2018

Cornwall Council has called on Whitehall to devolve more powers to the south western peninsular as part of a plan to help it cope with the impact of Brexit.

Brexit and public procurement - a lost opportunity

09/04/2018

Andrew Millross explains how just small changes to the EU's current procurement directives could make a huge difference to the way local authorities assess contractors before signing public contracts with them.

Local councils prepare to lobby MPs for extra powers

19/03/2018

Town and parish councils are calling for new powers to be handed to them following Brexit in what they see as the next stage in local government devolution.

Council leaders call for ‘traffic light’ food labelling to fight salt consumption

13/03/2018

Local authority chiefs have repeated their calls for the ‘traffic light’ food labelling system to become a legal requirement post-Brexit as health campaigners warn of the high salt content of ready meals.

Council chiefs 'pessimistic' about Brexit

06/03/2018

More than six out of ten council chief executives and leaders believe Brexit will be damaging to their local economy, a new survey has revealed.

Traffic light labelling on food should be ‘mandatory’, councils say

12/02/2018

Traffic light labelling on food and drink should become mandatory after Brexit in order to help fight obesity, council chiefs say.

Council chiefs call for ‘locally-driven’ successor to EU aid

07/02/2018

Council chiefs have urged the Government to create a ‘locally-driven’ successor to EU aid as MPs warn Whitehall too slow in allocating Brexit resources.

The top 10 things local government can expect in 2018

10/01/2018

Tiffany Cloynes outlines her predictions for the top 10 issues for local government in 2018.

New forest to help deliver ‘Green Brexit’, Gove claims

08/01/2018

The Environment Secretary has claimed the Government’s £6m plan to create a ‘Northern Forest’ would help deliver a ‘Green Brexit’.

500 shared sites needed to end ‘age apartheid’, think tank says

05/01/2018

A think tank has called for the creation of hundreds of shared sites designed to bring young and old people together and end Britain’s ‘age apartheid’.

Council leaders call for ‘urgent clarity’ over EU funding

07/12/2017

Council chiefs yesterday called on the Government to provide ‘urgent clarity’ over how it will replace current European Union structural funds post-Brexit.

Industrial Strategy snubs councils

27/11/2017

Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.

Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech

22/11/2017

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.

Brexit, automation and poorly skilled workforce threaten economic future

06/11/2017

Half of England’s local labour markets are at risk from imminent 'migration squeeze' posed by Brexit, automation and an unskilled workforce, report warns.

MPs to examine impact of Brexit on local government

18/10/2017

The role councils could play after Brexit will be examined by MPs on the Communities and Local Government Committee.

Procurement is key to creating local wealth argues report

12/10/2017

Public procurement focused on local spending is key to creating wealth in communities after Brexit, according to a new report.

'Unscrupulous suppliers' overcharging councils on IT products

10/10/2017

Councils are being charged an excessive markup on IT products as suppliers use the confusion caused by Brexit to increase their prices, a new study has revealed.

Whitehall should use Brexit to ‘drive’ devolution, combined authority mayors insist

06/10/2017

The Government should listen to all parts of the North as Britain leaves the EU, leaders of the northern combined authorities have demanded.

Council leaders call for ‘swift’ safeguarding of EU citizens

28/09/2017

The leaders of three London councils have written directly to the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, urging him to safeguard the rights of EU citizens living in the capital.

Place-based policy could provide £90bn year boost to economy, says green paper

12/09/2017

Giving the UK’s biggest cities more power and freedom over service provision could boost the country’s economy by up to £90m a year, a new report has argued.

‘Scores on the doors’ must be mandatory for restaurants after Brexit, council leaders say

11/09/2017

Displaying food hygiene ratings must be made mandatory for all restaurants and cafes in England after Brexit, council chiefs say.

Commission launched to study Brexit impact on public services

24/08/2017

A new commission has been launched tasked with exploring the risks and opportunities of Brexit for public services.

Scottish public services must be ready for post-Brexit shock, experts warn

21/08/2017

Holyrood must start preparing plans to help Scotland’s public services survive the post-Brexit shock, financial experts say.

Council chiefs call for ‘light touch’ procurement rules post-Brexit

17/08/2017

Council chiefs have called on the Government to ‘simplify’ the current rules on how councils buy goods and services once the UK has exited the European Union.

Council chiefs call for £8bn of EU funding to be replaced

28/07/2017

More than £8bn will be needed to replace EU regional funding after Brexit, according to local government leaders.

Prosperous cities to be hit ‘hardest’ by Brexit, think tank says

27/07/2017

Relatively prosperous cities will be hardest hit by the 'economic shock' of Brexit, according to researchers.

Immigration policies made ‘in the dark’, committee warns

21/07/2017

Immigration policies are being formulated ‘in the dark’, committee warns as it criticises the quality of migration data the Government bases its decisions on.

Former minister attacks Gov’s ‘fatal obsession’ with de-regulation

14/07/2017

A former minister at the department for communities and local government has castigated the Government for its ‘fatal obsession’ with de-regulation claiming this created the context for the Grenfell tragedy.

Whitehall must ‘rural proof’ policy decisions, campaigners say

06/07/2017

Rural areas risk becoming ‘enclaves of the affluent’ unless the Government acts on affordable housing and austerity, a coalition of organisations warn.

Burnham calls for metro mayors to have more role in Brexit

05/07/2017

The Government has failed to give the English regions any meaningful role in the Brexit negotiations, Andy Burnham, the directly elected mayor of Greater Manchester, has said today.

Brexit could cost care sector thousands of staff, think tank says

31/05/2017

The care sector could end up losing as many as 70,000 staff if migration of unskilled workers from the EU is halted after Brexit, health think tank warns.

Social care could be ‘hit hard’ by Brexit, warn think tank

26/05/2017

The social care sector could be hard hit by an exodus of EU workers unless assurances are given they will be able to stay in the UK after Brexit, experts warn.

Brexit vote marked ‘high point’ of online abuse to MPs, research reveals

23/05/2017

An analysis over three months last year revealed 188,000 abusive tweets were sent to MPs, with Brexit marking a high point for online abuse.

Lib Dems pledge new referendum on Brexit

17/05/2017

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to hold a second referendum on Brexit and invest almost £7bn into education if elected in June.

McMahon calls for ‘constitutional protection’ for local government

10/05/2017

The public will feel ‘stitched up’ if central government doesn’t deliver jobs, housing and prospects in the aftermath of Brexit, according to Labour local government spokesman Jim McMahon.

MPs warn of Brexit impact on adult social care workforce

28/04/2017

The impact of Brexit on the morale of social care workers from the remaining EU countries is ‘unwelcome’ and ‘concerning’, MPs say.

Theresa May announces early General Election to ‘unify Westminster’

18/04/2017

The prime minister has announced an early General Election in order to ‘unify Westminster’ ahead of Brexit negotiations.

Brexit could be 'catalyst' for public service reform says CIPFA

04/04/2017

The impact of Brexit on public services must be given priority in negotiations with the EU, local government financial experts have urged.

PAC chair: Brexit to lead to 'rushed and bad decisions'

31/03/2017

The chair of the powerful Public Accounts Committee has predicted Brexit will lead to ‘rushed and bad decisions’ by Whitehall.

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