Council needs to prepare Brexit risk and impact plan – warning
NO meetings have been held by Wiltshire Council to prepare for Brexit, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The council will be asked to create an urgent, comprehensive and cross-party Brexit risk and impact assessment for all council services by Liberal Democrat leader Ian Thorn at the next full council meeting on Tuesday.
In his motion, Cllr Thorn raised concerns that the recruitment and retainment of workers in social care provision for children and adults had significantly worsened since 2016 when the Brexit vote took place.
The bid to create a cross-party group has already been approved by Devon Council and Cllr Thorn is hoping that Wiltshire will now follow suit.
He said: “It seems extraordinary that no attempt has been made to deal with whatever implications Brexit will have. Whether it’s a no deal, Chequers deal or some others deal, the impact will be significant.”
“We have a responsibility to our residents and to our families and loved ones that the quality of these services is maintained and they are provided cost effectively.
“Council will need to consider how it can assist businesses before and during the Brexit transition period.”