Communities secretary announces £20m for councils to prepare for Brexit
Councils across the UK should be fully prepared to leave the European Union by the end of October, the communities and local government secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
The communities secretary has announced £20 million for councils across England to prepare for delivering Brexit on 31 October, whatever the circumstances.
He has asked each council to designate a Brexit lead to work with central government and oversee teams in every community who will work with stakeholders in their area to plan intensively for Brexit.
The new funding comes in recognition of the central role councils will play to make sure their residents are ready for Brexit, and is expected to support a range of activity including communications, training and the recruitment of staff.
"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," said Mr Jenrick.
"I want all of us – central and local government – to be fully prepared for leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. I know that we can achieve this, by continuing to work side by side with renewed national focus and intensity."
According to Mr Jenrick, the government has recognised that certain areas face more acute pressures and is currently considering how best to allocate funding to those areas where greater impacts are expected.
In January the government committed £58 million of funding to support local authorities in their preparations for Brexit.