Greens accuse Conservatives on passing their responsibilities to local councils
Greens have accused Conservatives of ‘passing the bucket’ on Brexit issues to local council and community.
The Conservative Government sent councils a letter requesting they ‘step up’ their preparation for a potential no-deal Brexit, while providing little input on how to achieve it.
The letter reads: “The Government remains focused on securing a deal with the EU allowing both national and local government the agreed implementation period, until December 2020, to manage a successful transition.
“However, Government also believes it to be responsible and prudent to prepare for a potential ‘No Deal’ scenario. Indeed, Cabinet recently discussed this point and has agreed that we must step up our ‘No Deal’ preparations.”
The letter, received on 31st January, comes with a check list requesting the council to plan for potential problems in maintaining council services such as schools and care homes. They are also asked to deal with increases in tensions and crime as a result of these problems.
As a response, Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty said: “This letter from the Conservative minister for councils is unbelievable. Weeks before a possible ‘no deal’ plunges our residents into huge uncertainty, the paltry advice from the government has only been outmatched by the paltry amount on offer from the minister.
“The cash won’t come anywhere near helping our council count the heavy cost of a no-deal Brexit. What’s clear is that the Minister is happy to pass the buck for no deal Brexit.”
This follows a recent analysis on possible ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenarios, which revealed that Brighton could face an EU funding ‘black hole’ of up to £1.7m.