Local government provides vital public services in Wales - such as social care and education. Council run services have hundred of thousands of daily interactions with people and businesses in their areas. Responsibility for planning for services in different Brexit scenarios, including no deal, lies with each local authority.
The Welsh Government has been working with local government to ensure information is shared with local authorities to help them prepare as the UK leaves the EU.
An advisory panel bringing together representatives from local government with Welsh Government officials has been set up. It will ensure a co-ordinated approach is adopted across the wide range of services local authorities are responsible for.
There are a number of service-specific engagement forums, on which local authorities are represented, including the Welsh Government’s ports and airports planning steering group and the Welsh Government’s health and social care EU transition leadership group.
The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has received funding to help local authorities develop their planning for EU exit. In conjunction with Grant Thornton, some of this funding has been used to develop a Brexit preparedness toolkit to help them identify and address local impacts.
The WLGA has held a number of Brexit planning events for local government officers across Wales on a range of key Brexit-related issues.
Third sector organisations
Many communities in Wales benefit from services delivered by third sector organisations.
Third sector organisations may be affected by leaving the EU – and a no deal Brexit in particular – in different ways, depending on the type of services they provide; the people and communities they serve and the people they employ.
The Welsh Government is funding work to understand how Brexit will impact community services in Wales and help the third sector plan for all eventualities. This work will help community groups ensure contingency planning and preparations are proportionate and reassure the sector and the communities, which benefit from these services.
The Welsh Government is working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action on this project. If you want to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org.