Guidance to help local councils get ready for 1 January 2021.
The UK has left the EU
This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It'll be updated if anything changes.
You can read about the transition period.
To support councils’ preparations for leaving the EU, on 3 August 2019 we announced £20 million of funding and a further £9 million of funding was made available for local areas on 21 August. This brings the total funding allocated by the government to help local areas prepare for leaving the EU to £77 million.
A network of 9 local authority chief executives from across England has been established to engage with councils in their regions to share information on their Brexit preparations. Each council has also been asked to appoint a Brexit Lead Officer to work with central government and local services, businesses and residents in their area to plan intensively for Brexit.
Health and social care
- Actions for adult social care providers and local authorities to prepare for 1 January 2021
- How healthcare providers can prepare for 1 January 2021
Access to public services
- Access to social housing and homelessness assistance for EEA and Swiss citizens in England
- Citizens’ rights - EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU
The EU Settlement Scheme
- The Local authority introduction to the EU Settlement Scheme includes a number of useful resources for local councils, including:
- ID document scanner locations
- Information about the Assisted Digital Service
- Translations of communications and guidance
- A list of organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme
- A postcode checker to help identify support provided by these organisations locally
- Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS)
- UK product safety and metrology changes from 1 January 2021
- UK product safety and metrology from 1 January 2021
- Food labelling changes from 1 January 2021
- Health marks on meat, fish and dairy products
- Changes to health and identification marks from 1 January 2021
- EU trade mark protection and comparable UK trade marks from 1 January 2021
- Find a professional to certify export health certificates
- Training for environmental health staff, port health officers and trading standards officers on food sampling
- Training for environmental health staff, port health officers and trading standards officers on imported food controls
Statutory instruments which have been laid and identified as having impacts on local authorities are listed on a separate page: EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 secondary legislation laid with impacts on local government. A full list of Brexit related secondary legislation can be found on the government legislation site. Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) have produced guidance for councils on EU exit Secondary Legislation
- Workplace rights from 1 January 2021
- EU Settlement Scheme: employers toolkit
- Right to work checks on EU citizens
- Public-sector procurement under the EU Withdrawal Agreement
- Public-sector procurement from 31 January 2020
- Local resilience forums: contact details
- Local authorities’ preparedness for civil emergencies
- Guide to local authority mutual aid
- Central government concept of operations – chapter 5
- Business continuity advice
Please contact LGEngagement@communities.gov.uk with comments or suggestions for this page.