The legal framework on which many local government services are based depends on
Where local services are covered by EU regulations or
decisions, there will be no legal framework on exit. Where services are covered
by EU directives (that is, already enshrined in UK law), there is less immediate
risk but Brexit provides the opportunity for political choices to be made to
change laws which have been based on EU regulatory frameworks as they may have
been “gold plated”, are simply outdated or no longer desired.
The LGA has been reviewing which laws will be affected,
covering topics such as:
waste and energy, including environmental policy, air pollution, biodiversity
including working time directives.
procurement, including how local authorities buy goods, works and services and
regulations of concessions.
aid, including how public money is awarded.
services, including consumer rights and food safety.
authority finances including investments, and capital buffers.
sector information including how councils treat personal and public data and
and highways, including how local authorities run and commission bus and ferry
All Government departments have been asked to set out an
early analysis of their key risks over the summer. The Department for
Communities and Local Government (DCLG) developed its analysis through a series of
seminars. Thank you to those of you who attended the sessions – the feedback
from Government has been particularly positive.
The sessions covered:
government funding and local public services
and local growth
cohesion and immigration
One concern that the LGA raised in these sessions was that
local government’s big issues cross numerous departments – including DEFRA,
BEIS and DfE – and may not be articulated well by a departmental approach.
Therefore, at the time of the submissions, the LGA also provided a high-level
analysis to the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU). You can find
out more on this new Government department, its ministers and civil servants
leading the process on the .gov.uk
Over the last few weeks we have been working to emphasise to
Government and in the media the need to secure the £5.3bn committed for local
regeneration schemes to 2020. The Government gave a strong commitment that only
those projects which are signed by the time of the Autumn Statement would be secured but
with a commitment to a process of considering projects after this date. Whilst
this is a welcome first step, we’re working to secure the overall quantum of
investment to 2020.
In addition to funding concerns, we are keen to hear from
you about what issues you foresee affecting your council, please share the
issues you are discovering in your horizon scanning with us via Brexit@local.gov.uk
DCLG has asked us
to share a secondment opportunity with our colleagues in councils as it is
looking for someone with strong local government experience. The secondee will
join the department for at least six months to lead its preparations for
the UK's exit from the European Union, understanding the opportunities and
risks and responding to them effectively. The Senior Strategy Advisor role is a
Grade 7 with a salary band of £49,063-£58,258. The candidate will need to be
able to start on 12 September and the deadline for applications is 31 August.
For more information or to register an interest, please contact Lucy Yates (Lucy.Yates@communities.gsi.gov.uk
/ 0303 444 1629)