William Eichler 05 August 2019

Whitehall commits £20m to help councils prepare for Brexit

Whitehall commits £20m to help councils prepare for Brexit image

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.

The communities and local government secretar,y Robert Jenrick, announced the funding over the weekend and called on local authorities to designate a Brexit lead who could ‘plan intensively’ for leaving the European Union.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s decision to pay out £20m in Brexit preparations follows the Chancellor’s announcement last week that £2.1bn would be made available to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

‘From Whitehall to town halls – everyone needs to be ready to fulfil our democratic mandate to leave the European Union by the end of October,’ said Mr Jenrick.

‘Local government has a vital role in helping to make Brexit a success and it is absolutely right that together we intensify preparations in every community.’

Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Brexit Taskforce, Cllr Kevin Bentley, thanked the Government for ‘recognising the central role councils play’ in Brexit.

‘The funding announced today will help councils continue to co-ordinate their efforts,’ he said.

‘With councils already facing a funding gap of more than £3bn in 2019/20 it is more important now than ever that councils receive the resources they need for their on-going Brexit preparations.

‘Councils are already taking a lead on preparations for Brexit and have been working tirelessly to ensure their communities and businesses are as prepared as they can be given the uncertainty surrounding the process.’

Cllr Bentley added that Brexit preparations must ‘reflect local circumstances’. Local leaders, he emphasised, were best placed to ensure funding goes to the right areas.

He warned, however, that more information was needed before the 31 October, the day the UK is set to leave the European Union.

‘There remains information and advice gaps that councils are facing while helping their communities prepare, which need to be met by the Government,’ Cllr Bentley said.

‘Councils also need certainty to plan for their communities over the longer-term, such as on the domestic replacement for EU funding.’

The Government’s decision to pay out over £2bn to prepare for Brexit follows a warning from the CBI, the group representing British business, that 'no one is ready for no deal’.

PWLB hike: A rise too far? image

PWLB hike: A rise too far?

What impact will the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ housing and other capital schemes? Neil Merrick investigates.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of HR/OD

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
£60,000 circa
The role will involve working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Chief Executive to lead our People Strategy and... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Youth and Community Based Commissioner - Mid Essex

Essex County Council
£18117 - £19106.0 per annum
Annual Salary JNC Scale Points 3-6 £18,117 - £19,106 (1-2 in training) We are currently seeking a Youth and Community Based Commissioner to support t England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Strategic Rent Accountant

Camden London Borough Council
£45,504 - £52,786
The successful candidate will be self-managing, troubleshoot to overcome obstacles and have proven experience of working effectively with a... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Principal Policy and Projects Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£45,504 - £52,786
Successful candidate will be an experienced strategic thinker with experience of delivering large-scale programmes and projects. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Mental Health Social Care Manager

Suffolk County Council
£47,167
You will play a key part in the Mental Health Service provision in Suffolk, supported by our Mental Health Strategy... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Suffolk County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine