Feedback from Jayne Leech, Delivery Manager:
Last week I attended a discussion at CNET in Bradford about the likely implications of Brexit to our Sector.
In Calderdale we have received less European funding than some of our other West Yorkshire counterparts, so it feels like it may not be as much of a worry for us than neighbouring local authorities. Obviously the last couple of days have seen us all in unprecedented circumstances, so things might all change again. However, this was the most up to date information as of last week.
The discussion was led by an organisation called Brexit Civil Society Alliance, they are UK wide and their mission statement is: To bring together civil society organisations from all parts of the UK to make sure our voices are heard in the Brexit process. Further events are planned for York and Humberside in the New Year. Lower down this email is their bulletin which you can subscribe to for free.
More information can be found on their website www.brexitcivilsocietyalliance.org
At the event was also a group called In Limbo www.inlimboproject.org this is to support the 3 million individuals who have made the UK their home – they are in limbo because if the UK leaves the European Union their immigration status is likely to change and they may have to reapply for leave to remain or have their status questioned, regardless of how long they have lived in the UK, whether they are married, have children or operate a business.
The implication to all employers if individuals leave the UK could severely impact on service delivery. The Royal College of Nursing have said they are 40,000 applications down for nurse training.
The government have pledged to replace any `lost’ European funding with what is called a Shared Prosperity fund. This will be channelled through our local LEP (Local Economic Partnership) for Calderdale that is the Leeds City region. The LEP has a focus on Business and Skills and is made up of Business Leaders and the Leaders of local councils. So for Calderdale it is Councillor Tim Swift. The amount allocated or the process for allocation is not known.
Talks are taking place with all the leaders of local authorities, elected member leads and the LEPS across Yorkshire and the Humber to quickly explore the devolution position – all central government finances/resources allocated to the region who then elect a Mayor and have control of all future spends and plans.
Calderdale Council Brexit Strategy Plan – there is a plan. However, at the recent Chief Officers Forum meeting Councillor Daniel Sutherland, portfolio holder for Economy & Regeneration advised that this was full of red budget `guestimates’. Sian Rogers, Policy & Projects Manager, lead for Voluntary and Community Sector CMBC and an Alliance partner also has some links with her policy development role in Leeds City region LEP.
Key Dates after this week 21 January 2019 when the final Brexit plan has to be submitted and accepted by the European Parliament.
National Contingency Planning
`Blue Light Services’ NHS, Police, Fire and Ambulance all have in depth contingency plans – the Armed Forces are on standby to support
Medicines the NHS are stockpiling some medicines that are manufactured and supplied from sources in Europe e.g. Insulin