Service deliveryEnglish councils to share £56m Brexit fund

English councils to share £56m Brexit fund

Local authorities across England will receive a share of £56.5 million to help support their preparations for Brexit.

The government has announced that all English local authorities are to receive a share of £56.5m to help them  with Brexit preparations, government ministers have announced.

Back in December it was announced that Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) would receive £35m for a ‘Brexit Fund’. This has now been topped up by a further £21.5m using finance from MHCLG’s 2018/19 budget.

Funding split

This means councils will receive £20m in the 2018/19 financial year and £20m next to spend on planning and strengthening their resources. All unitary councils will receive £210,000 and combined authorities will receive £182,000. County councils will receive £175,000 each and all district councils will receive £35,000.

A further £10m will be made available in the next financial year (2019 to 2020). This funding is intended to help local authorities with specific costs which may arise following Brexit.

£1.5m will be allocated in 2018 to 2019 only to local authorities facing immediate impacts from local ports, with the decision on the allocation and distribution of that funding to be announced shortly.

A further £5m will be split by teams in the MHCLG, local authorities, and Local Resilience Forums for specific purposes such as strengthening preparations and supporting communities.

The funding will help councils to adapt to the changes caused by Brexit, ensuring their local authority is prepared ahead of 29 March, whilst also protecting vital local services.

Councils will decide how to allocate their funding. It is expected that money will be spent on resources like recruiting extra staff to ensure councils have the capacity to provide timely and accurate information to residents who have questions on how Brexit will affect them.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said: “Local authorities have a critical role to play in making a success of Brexit in their areas.

“I’m determined to ensure councils have the resources they need, which is why I’m releasing £56.5m of extra finance to help them to deliver essential services and keep residents well-informed.

“I will continue to work closely with local leaders to ensure they are prepared to respond to any Brexit scenario.”

Further funding

This funding will not be the only resource councils receive from central government to fund Brexit costs. The government has been clear that departments will assess and, if appropriate, fund any potential new requirements of councils as part of EU Exit work they are undertaking.

The Secretary of State will also continue to engage with the sector through the EU Exit Local Government Delivery Board and regular communications with stakeholders across the sector.

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