MP Robert Jenrick has announced Midlands will receives more than £900,000 funding for Brexit preparations
The Midlands will receive extra funding to help fully prepare for Brexit on October 31, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced today (August 21).
It forms part of £9m of funding to help ensure local leaders across England are ready for Brexit.
Funding of £791,000 will go to local resilience forums in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and the West Midlands to support in their Brexit preparations, part of £4m to LRFs across England.
Local resilience forums are partnerships made up of representatives from local public services. Additional funding of £150,000 will be distributed to North West Leicestershire District Council in recognition of the strategic importance of East Midlands Airport.
The funding will be used to directly support the development of robust Brexit plans for their areas and continued preparedness activities, including supporting additional staffing costs.
Mr Jenrick said: “We recognise the Midlands is playing a crucial role in ensuring a smooth transition for its businesses and residents after we leave the EU on October 31, and that’s why we’re giving over £900,000 of additional funding to support the region to boost its Brexit preparations.”
The allocations have been based on a number of factors including the expected impact on the local area, the amount of EU goods received by port areas into the country and the areas wider importance to the UK’s trade network.
This extra funding follows a £20 million boost for councils announced in August to ramp-up preparations for leaving the EU by appointing a designated Brexit lead.
Today’s announcement brings the total funding allocated by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to help local areas prepare for Brexit to £77m.