Since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June, the LGA has already been working closely with Government on our exit plan.
Our aim is to provide a series of regular updates on local government's role in the exit negotiations, so as to:
- keep you up to date with the work we are doing on your behalf
- ask you to let us know what information you need
- call for you to share your experiences with us.
Our updates can also be received as an email bulletin, in which we set out our early thinking and our emerging governance arrangements. We have also called for support and evidence from you so that we can log your key issues as part of the exit negotiations. If you or any of your colleagues would like to subscribe, they can do so here.
Local government priorities and place-based impact - 15 February 2017
The potential implications of the UK's decision to exit the European Union have been at the top of the news agenda following Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on her priorities for Brexit negotiations, the Supreme Court ruling on the triggering of Article 50 and the publication of the Government's White Paper on 'The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union'.
Local government priorities
- Autonomy of local government
Responsibilities repatriated from the EU should not be centralised in Whitehall. We need devolution settlements to ensure responsibility for those powers are transferred to local authorities.
- Developing a new legal base for local government
There are many EU laws that affect the day job of local councils and the real world impact must be taken into account in the future review of UK laws of EU origin. This must lead to new legislative freedoms and flexibilities for councils so that communities, businesses and consumers can benefit.
- Securing investment that is currently sourced from the EU
The Government needs to begin developing a locally-driven, fully-funded growth policy to deliver its ambitions post-Brexit. This must be designed and delivered by local areas as an integrated replacement for EU funding and existing national schemes to support infrastructure, enterprise, and social cohesion.
- Community cohesion
Councils play the leading role in bringing communities together and will be important in tackling challenges such as the retention of skilled workers. For example, the adult social care workforce has a unique set of skills, but struggles with recruitment and retention. With 7 per cent of existing adult social care staff from other EU nations, securing a sustainable adult social care workforce and excellent care skills must be a priority for the Government. We are calling for urgent guarantees from Government to reform Whitehall's national approach to commissioning employment and skills funding, worth £10.5 billion a year. It is currently fragmented, costly, and fails to address the challenges faced by residents and employers.
- Addressing place-based impacts
In partnership with the LGA, government departments must begin to address the real and varied impacts and opportunities of Brexit at the local level, in both urban and rural areas. We are consulting widely and building our evidence base to support the exit negotiations.
You can read more about these five priority themes and also about local government's 10 legislative priorities for Brexit in our December briefing. Our legislative priorities include public procurement, regulatory services, environment, waste, transport, employment/workforce, planning, economic development, local government finance, and data and public information.
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