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Committee calls for urgent consultation on UK Shared Prosperity Fund

12/07/2021

Local authorities in Scotland should be consulted on how much funding they will receive under the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), MPs have said.

Cornwall Council closes Brussels office

10/06/2021

Cornwall Council has started the process of closing down its Brussels office in response to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Thousands at risk of losing legal status as EUSS deadline looms

09/06/2021

A number of charities have written to the PM urging him to extend the EU Settlement Scheme deadline to prevent thousands of children from losing legal status.

Thousands of vulnerable EU children face legal ‘cliff edge’

30/03/2021

A charity has warned that thousands of children in care who are from EU countries could find themselves with no legal status in the UK because of Brexit.

Local authorities to play key role in checking imported animal products

27/01/2021

Local authorities have received £14m funding to carry out new checks on imported animal products from the EU.

Spending Review: UKSPF to reach £1.5bn a year

25/11/2020

The value of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will reach around £1.5bn a year on average, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

Think-tank issues warning on Brexit readiness

03/11/2020

Local authorities and the devolved nations risk being overwhelmed by Brexit as they are trying to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has claimed.

Councils issue warning over £730m of unspent EU funding

13/07/2020

Nearly a quarter of the European Social Fund is at risk of being sent back to Brussels, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Thousands of children 'at risk' when EU Settlement closes, report warns

01/07/2020

Thousands of children are at risk of being left in 'legal limbo' when the EU Settlement Scheme closes next year, a report has warned today.

MPs call for clarity on proposed Shared Prosperity Fund

08/06/2020

A group of MPs have called on the Government to provide further details on its proposed Shared Prosperity Fund.

Home Office extends funding for EU Settlement Scheme

09/03/2020

Local authorities will be allowed to bid for a share of £8m to help vulnerable people apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ consultation on post-Brexit trade checks

11/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ensure that port authorities have the resources and capacities needed to carry out checks on EU goods.

Javid announces £4.3bn Brexit 'funding guarantee'

30/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has outlined plans to distribute £4.3bn if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal.

Older people face ‘significant barriers’ in applying for EU Settlement Scheme

27/09/2019

The Government has been warned it could face a ‘Windrush 2’ as vulnerable older people are failing to apply to the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) in time.

Core Cities' £28bn Shared Prosperity Fund warning

26/09/2019

The proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) must be worth at least £28bn over seven years if the UK is to deliver its devolved policy objectives, a leading sector body has warned.

Council chiefs say they ‘desperately’ need certainty on post-Brexit funding

24/09/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ‘urgently publish’ its plans for a scheme to replace Brussels funding when the UK leaves the European Union.

'Cracks' starting to show in electoral system

16/09/2019

Election administrators have warned of ‘cracks’ beginning to show in the electoral system with the prospect of another poll on the horizon.

Councils face losing £5.3bn EU funding in just 18 months

05/07/2019

More than £5bn in regional aid funding will run out in 18 months, councils leaders have warned.

Security fears after candidate addresses published

02/05/2019

Security concerns have been raised after a loophole forced councils to publish the home addresses of candidates standing in the EU elections.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes

06/09/2018

Fresh concerns have emerged about local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as the Government considers whether to use them to funnel UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) cash.

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.

Brokenshire considering new devolution models

10/07/2018

James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

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.

Brokenshire announces Northamptonshire commissioners

09/05/2018

New local government secretary James Brokenshire has today announced the two commissioners appointed to help rescue troubled Northamptonshire CC.

UKIP loses control of its only local authority

02/03/2018

UKIP lost control of Thanet District Council yesterday after a Conservative was voted in as leader.

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.

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To what extent does this early initiative of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities deliver on the ‘levelling up’ agenda? Lawrence Turner reports.
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