Agenda item

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

1.    The Government has stated that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 31st October, 2019 with or without a deal.

 

South Kesteven District Council needs to be able to demonstrate that it has taken appropriate action to prepare for the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit.

 

2.    Therefore, Council mandates the Leader, Chief Executive and Senior Management Team of the Council to produce an evidence-based Brexit impact assessment briefing for all Councillors.

 

The impact assessment will enable informed decisions be made by Cabinet members, councillors and officers. It will be a useful tool for other affected parties. It will identify the scope of impact, scale and severity of impact and associated risks.

 

3.    The briefing is to include:

 

a)    A summary of the forecast impacts of Brexit on South Kesteven District Council services (including Council owned enterprises);

 

b)    An assessment of the likely risks and opportunities of the most likely Brexit scenarios;

 

c)    Details of actions likely to be necessary or beneficial in light of Brexit

 

d)    The likely additional costs to the District Council resulting from most likely Brexit Scenarios.

 

4.    The briefing is to give full consideration to the likely impacts of Brexit on the following:

 

a)    all services provided by, or on behalf of, the Council (and its subsidiaries): 

 

b)    the Council’s critical supply chain:

 

c)    residents of South Kesteven

 

d)    businesses within the District. 

 

5.    The briefing is to be produced at the earliest opportunity and before 11 October at the latest.

Updates will be provided to Councillors at appropriate intervals.

 

6.    As far as possible the content of the briefing will be available within the public domain.  Any information concerning sensitive information of a commercial and/or personal nature should be appended and clearly indicated as confidential.

 

7.    Publication of the briefing should be followed by a short but meaningful consultation with relevant stakeholders including Councillors, staff, residents, businesses and other organisations.

Minutes:

Councillor Morgan proposed her notice of motion:

 

1.    The Government has stated that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 31st October, 2019 with or without a deal.

 

South Kesteven District Council needs to be able to demonstrate that it has taken appropriate action to prepare for the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit.

 

2.    Therefore, Council mandates the Leader, Chief Executive and Senior Management Team of the Council to produce an evidence-based Brexit impact assessment briefing for all Councillors.

 

The impact assessment will enable informed decisions be made by Cabinet members, councillors and officers. It will be a useful tool for other affected parties. It will identify the scope of impact, scale and severity of impact and associated risks.

 

3.    The briefing is to include:

 

a)    A summary of the forecast impacts of Brexit on South Kesteven District Council services (including Council owned enterprises);

 

b)    An assessment of the likely risks and opportunities of the most likely Brexit scenarios;

 

c)    Details of actions likely to be necessary or beneficial in light of Brexit

 

d)    The likely additional costs to the District Council resulting from most likely Brexit Scenarios.

 

4.    The briefing is to give full consideration to the likely impacts of Brexit on the following:

 

a)    all services provided by, or on behalf of, the Council (and its subsidiaries): 

 

b)    the Council’s critical supply chain:

 

c)    residents of South Kesteven

 

d)    businesses within the District. 

 

5.    The briefing is to be produced at the earliest opportunity and before 11 October at the latest.

Updates will be provided to Councillors at appropriate intervals.

 

6.    As far as possible the content of the briefing will be available within the public domain.  Any information concerning sensitive information of a commercial and/or personal nature should be appended and clearly indicated as confidential.

 

7.    Publication of the briefing should be followed by a short but meaningful consultation with relevant stakeholders including Councillors, staff, residents, businesses and other organisations.

 

In proposing her motion, Councillor Morgan referred to a statement made by the Minister for Exiting the EU, which indicated that whilst a deal would be preferable, there was a chance that there would not be a deal. She stated that she had repeatedly asked what impact a ‘no deal Brexit’ would have on the Council and that work that had been done to analyse the potential impact of the most likely exit scenarios. She illustrated her motion with an example concerning increased prices in food and whether that would have knock-on impacts that would directly affect the Council, for instance, residents not being able to afford their council tax or council rent. She stated that she was aware of work that had been undertaken across the county but wanted to understand the work that had been done to assess the possible impacts on South Kesteven.

 

The motion was seconded. The seconder referred to the political manoeuvrings, and pros and cons debated nationally. He stated that this motion asked for an understanding of what could happen within the next few weeks. He requested a report from senior officers by 11 October 2019. He drew an analogy with the fuel crisis of 1998 and the consequences that were experienced across the country. He added that the Yellowhammer contingency plan identified fuel crises and food shortages as potential consequences. He concluded by stating that if the Council was proactive, it should have a position before any of the potential scenarios were able to unfold.

 

The Leader stated that he supported the need for Members to have a greater understanding. He stated that to produce something with a high amount of detail would require significant resources. He provided reassurance that officers from SKDC were working with colleagues in the Local Resilience Forum to understand and mitigate potential impacts.

 

He proposed an amendment:

 

“Council mandates the Chief Executive, as lead Brexit officer for the authority to organise a Brexit briefing for all Councillors, before the 31st October, and a detailed report of the impact study and analysis by the 11th October so that they may be appraised of the work undertaken at county and district levels on the potential impacts of Brexit on the communities and businesses of South Kesteven.”

 

Councillor Morgan stated that she accepted the wording. A vote was taken and the Council AGREED to:

 

Mandate the Chief Executive, as lead Brexit officer for the authority to organise a Brexit briefing for all Councillors, before the 31st October, and a detailed report of the impact study and analysis by the 11th October so that they may be appraised of the work undertaken at county and district levels on the potential impacts of Brexit on the communities and businesses of South Kesteven.

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