Government gives Uttlesford £136,000 to ease Brexit pain while East Herts gets £17,500
Uttlesford District Council is to receive more than £136,000 to ease the pain of Brexit surrounding Stansted Airport - but East Herts will get just £17,500.
The Essex local authority is one of 19 getting a share of £3.14m at the end of April from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government because it is home to a major port.
The cash will “allow them to increase their resources to work through the immediate impacts from Brexit in their local areas such as ensuring their port’s resilience and potential impacts of greater traffic to surrounding communities”.
Secretary of State James Brokenshire said: “Local authorities have a critical role to play in making a success of Brexit. I am acutely aware a greater burden could be placed on the areas surrounding our ports. I have announced how we are allocating £3.14m to those areas considered to be under the greatest pressure from Brexit.
“I will continue to take the situation under review, working closely with local leaders to ensure they are prepared to respond to Brexit.”
Overall Mr Brokenshire has announced £56.5m of new funding to help councils prepare for Brexit, increasing an initial £1.5m for ports to the £3.14m now allocated.
He has retained £10m for allocation during 2019/20 to respond to specific local costs that may only become evident in the months after the UK exits the EU.
He said: “I will look carefully at any pressures which should be funded, including any emerging pressures relating to port functions or wider impacts on port areas.”
Cllr Linda Haysey, the leader of East Herts Council, said: “East Herts Council will receive funding of £17.5k from the Government to support Brexit related work. Our district does not contain a major transport hub and will therefore not be entitled to this additional support being given to the 19 authorities, such as Uttlesford which has Stansted Airport within its district.
“Until plans for our exit from the EU have been finalised, we will not be in a position to decide exactly how to use the funding. However, at a recent task and finish group, East Herts councillors committed to supporting EU residents who wish to remain in the district with their settled status applications.”