Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Brexit Taskforce, Cllr Kevin Bentley, said:
”The Government has listened to our calls recognising the central role councils play and that more resources are needed for their Brexit preparations. The funding announced today will help councils continue to co-ordinate their efforts. With councils already facing a funding gap of more than £3 billion 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
Local areas in England are at risk of losing out on £5.3 billion in just 18 months if the Government does not act fast and put in place replacement funding arrangements once the UK leaves the EU, council leaders are warning.
The Government is likely to fail to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the European Social Fund (ESF) risking the money being sent back to Brussels, with the deadline for the money to be spent fast approaching, the Local Government Association has warned today.