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.
“In the longer term, Brexit cannot result in swapping Brussels for Whitehall. Devolving powers to local communities through local government must be on the agenda and we will be pressing hard for this post-Brexit."
“The LGA’s Post-Brexit England Commission was established to find a way forward. It sets out how councils in non-metropolitan areas can build thriving, connected and healthy communities if they are given the powers and funding to deliver for their residents."
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.