Dan Peters 04 February 2019

Councils accused of not doing enough to prepare for Brexit

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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.

With two months to go until Brexit and local resilience forums (LRF) planning on the assumption of no deal, MHCLG is understood to have particular concerns around the impact on the delivery of vital adult social care, which has high numbers of non-UK EU workers and where pressures have been growing.

MHCLG messaging has attempted to be sympathetic to the challenges councils are facing but last week sent out a local authority preparedness check list.

However, one LRF document seen by The MJ points out that planning has been ‘very challenging due to numerous constraints affected by the Brexit timescales and restricted access to planning assumptions’.

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