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Brexit countdown: councils need overdue EU replacement fund certainty

The Government needs to urgently publish its consultation on its plans for a scheme to replace EU funding after Brexit.


Councils: displaying food hygiene ratings must be made mandatory after Brexit

All food premises should be forced to display ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings when EU laws governing food safety are converted into UK law to improve hygiene standards.


Leaving the EU without access to reciprocal intelligence will weaken our ability to protect public health and the economy

“Continued access to these EU wide databases is of vital importance and the Government and the European Union must ensure that it is maintained.”


LGA on farming subsidies: local areas also need clarity on EU regional aid funding post Brexit

"To help ensure we have an economy fit for the future, it is essential that this funding to local areas is fully replaced as part of a locally-led successor to EU regional aid."


LGA responds to Brexit impact assessments by councils

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Brexit Taskforce, responds to Brexit impact assessments being prepared by councils.


LGA responds to Brexit White Paper

"To help ensure we have an economy fit for the future, we are urging the Government to act immediately to consult on the detail of what the fund will look like."


LGA responds to NAO report into Brexit medicine ‘delays’

“Councils are doing all they can to prepare for Brexit and continue to work tirelessly to ensure their communities and businesses, including social care providers, are as prepared as they can. "


LGA responds to no-deal Brexit preparations announcement

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

LGA responds to written ministerial statement on Brexit funding

“We are pleased that the Government has confirmed that any additional responsibilities resulting in new financial pressures for councils arising from Brexit will be fully funded.”


LGA: Almost £1 billion of European Social Fund at risk of being sent back to Brussels

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.