As Brexit day looms a Leicester City Council document has revealed steps being taken by the authority to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU.
Uncertainty still surrounds what will happen after March 29 but the council’s Brexit risk impact analysis document goes some way to show what could happen and what it will do.
The document identifies risks and then describes management actions.
A spokesman for the city council said: “Our Brexit risk/impact analysis is being reviewed regularly as we actively consider the range of possible risks posed.”
Here, we take a look at some of the risks and actions…
School dinner menus could change
The risk: Disruption to food supplies impacts on specific services namely children’s residential care and city catering for school meals provision.
Planned action: Services are being asked to prepare to change school dinner and other menus at short notice and find different suppliers if needed.
The risk: Public concerns and disquiet relating to Brexit outcome leading to tensions and possible public disorder and social unrest which impacts on community cohesion within the city.
Planned action: If there is ‘significant disorder’ the council will use the major incident plan should the level of disorder ‘necessitate’ it.
Transport chaos near East Midlands Airport and beyond
The risk: Transport network disruption
Planned action: Allowing staff to work from home and suggesting ‘alternative means of travelling’ such as walking and cycling.
Staff shortages in the NHS…
The risk: Impact re the provision of nurses and the impact on council social care services/public health
Planned action: There are already 600 vacancies within University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT). The document states ‘any loss of staff due to EU nationals either returning to countries of origin or choosing not to come to the UK will add to an existing pressure’. The plan suggests monitoring and continuing to work with health colleagues to understand potential impacts as they become clearer.
…and social care workers
The risk: Provision of social care workers and adult social care supply chain risk.
Planned action: Data suggests of the council’s 12,000 strong care workforce, 16 per cent are non-British equating to 1,920 jobs. The document says that domiciliary care – support at home, is the hardest area to recruit to. There are concerns that if the majority of the council’s domiciliary carers are non-British then this could impact the market. More data has been requested and the situation is being monitored.
People coming home
The risk: Influx of UK nationals from EU countries could create a sudden and unplanned for demand on a range of services like housing, school admissions, social care and customer services.
Planned action: The council will poised to pull in resources from non-priority areas if needed.
The risk: Impact on local government funding and impact on people’s finances.
Planned action: Working closely with other ‘partners’ to lobby the government over future resources. The document states that there is ‘strong evidence’ that some businesses are delaying investment until they know what Brexit will mean.