Coun­cil needs to pre­pare Brexit risk and im­pact plan – warning

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

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.”

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