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Local government provides vital public services in Wales - such as social care and education. Council run services have hundreds of thousands of daily interactions with people and businesses in their areas. Responsibility for planning for services in different Brexit scenarios has been with each local authority.
The Welsh Government has been working with local government to share information with local authorities to help them prepare for the UK to leave the EU. This will continue during the transition period.
An advisory panel bringing together representatives from local government with Welsh Government officials has been set up. It ensures 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) received funding to help local authorities develop their planning for EU exit. In conjunction with Grant Thornton, some of this funding was used to develop a Brexit preparedness toolkit and Brexit exposure dashboards to help them identify and address local impacts. Local authorities also received funding directly from the Welsh Government, to ensure they had a dedicated resource to undertake the necessary planning, co-ordination and preparation work for Brexit.
The WLGA has held a number of Brexit planning events for local government officers across Wales on a range of key Brexit-related issues.
Many communities in Wales benefit from services delivered by third sector organisations.
Third sector organisations may be affected by leaving the EU in different ways, depending on the type of services they provide; the people and communities they serve and the people they employ.
Utilising funding from the European Transition Fund, the Welsh Government is working with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) to understand how Brexit will impact community services in Wales and help the third sector plan. The WCVA has published research on empowering communities in the context of Brexit, which seeks to identify what support is needed to ensure that the third sector is resilient to deal with any challenges and opportunities that Brexit may present. They are also developing an online portal that supports Third Sector organisations to access the knowledge and skills they need to build their resilience post-Brexit.
In partnership with Cardiff University, the WCVA has established the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit. The purpose of the Forum is to get a clear steer from members on their key areas of Brexit interest, what their main concerns are and what they want to influence.
If you want to find out more about these projects please contact the WCVA directly at email@example.com. Please contact the Welsh Government third sector unit if you have any others queries: firstname.lastname@example.org.