An extra £9m will be made available to ensure local areas and major ports are ready for Brexit, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced today.
A total of £5m will be given to local councils which either have or are near to a major air, land or sea port to ensure they will continue to operate efficiently when the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.
The remaining £4m will be shared out to local resilience forums (LRFs), partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, across England to support them in their preparations.
The funding can be used by local areas to support the development of robust Brexit plans for their areas and for continued preparedness activities, including additional staffing costs.
The extra funding follows a £20m boost for councils announced in August to ramp-up preparations for leaving the EU by appointing a designated Brexit lead.
This brings the total funding allocated by the government to help local areas prepare for Brexit to £77m to date.
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “From keeping our supply chains running and ensuring goods continue to flow into the country, to putting robust plans in place for every community, local government is playing a vital role in preparing the country to be fully ready to leave the EU on 31 October.
“We have stepped up our preparedness significantly in recent weeks, including by asking every council to appoint a Brexit Lead Officer. Now we are releasing an additional £9 million of additional funding today to help local areas get ready for Brexit, whatever the circumstances.”
Local authorities in Kent will receive over £2.6m in recognition of the county being home to a number of the significant and busiest ports in the area including the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel, Ashford and Ebbsfleet.
Kent County Council will receive £1m, and £1.6m will be shared between a further 13 local authorities in the county.
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.