Local government Brexit preparedness

Guidance from government to assist local authority preparedness for exiting the European Union (EU).

Local government is critical to delivering a successful Brexit.

Our objective is to champion local government and help them to influence, prepare, adapt and innovate in response to Brexit and ensure a successful transition phase with minimal impact on council services and local people. To support this, additional funding for local government was announced on 28 January 2019.

This page provides a set of links to current guidance to aid ongoing Brexit preparations. It is organised into areas of responsibility and will be updated and added to regularly.

Statutory services

These include, but are not limited to, social care, child protection, education, environmental, leisure and community services.

Regulatory services

Including environmental health, trading standards,and port health authority responsibilities.

Border areas

Direct and indirect impacts of any border areas either in council boundaries or within neighbouring/regional boundaries - such as those on local infrastructure and the availability of essential supplies.

Supply chains

Both those managed directly by the council and indirect contracts managed through commissioned services.

Data handling

Responsibilities include corporate ICT and data housing that the council uses for its own services and data handling for any outsourced services.

Local partnership working

Engaging with key statutory and strategic partners, including the Health and Wellbeing Board, Crime Reduction or Community Safety Partnership, Local Economic Partnership and Local Resilience Forums.

Local economic growth

We are engaging with Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) including through weekly teleconferences with LEP Chief Executives to provide updates and also hear what is going on in their area, in particular how SMEs are approaching the task of preparing for Brexit.

Local resilience

Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are non-statutory bodies which provide a forum for local agencies, including councils, to collaborate on local risk assessments and contingency planning. There are 38 LRFs in England; based on police force areas.

While Brexit is not an emergency, we are supporting LRFs in planning for possible disruptive impacts of a No Deal Brexit. This includes sharing planning information with LRF Chairs and LRF partners as appropriate.

The following documents are not Brexit-specific but are guidance for local authority preparedness for any contingency scenario:


Ensuring that there are appropriate plans and activities to provide community assurance and provision of timely information, including settlement status and workplace rights.

Citizens’ rights

Community engagement

Regional and local growth

Developing the local economy, helping businesses to prepare for a future outside the European Union, and making use of development funding.

Business support

EU funding

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme

  • Delivering a deal between the UK and EU remains the government’s top priority.
  • If a deal is reached between the UK and the EU then we will continue to take part in the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmes until they end. This means that we will have the same amount of ERDF to spend in England as we would have if we’d remained in the EU.
  • The government also has plans in place that can be used in case it is not possible to agree a deal with the EU.
  • For ERDF, the government has guaranteed that we will continue to invest in local growth projects after we leave the EU. This means that we will ensure that any ERDF projects which have been agreed before we leave the EU will be able to continue. The government will also fund new projects that deliver good value for money and meet domestic strategic priorities up to the full value of the ERDF programme.
  • So whether you are running an existing project or thinking about applying for new funding, you can do so with full confidence, in either a deal or no-deal situation. This delivers on the government’s commitment to continue to invest in the growth and prosperity of communities across the UK and ensure a smooth departure from the EU.
  • We will provide more information on how the guarantee for ERDF will be delivered in England in the event of a no-deal as this becomes available. You’ll be able to find more on this page and the prepare for EU Exit pages.

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Published 28 January 2019