Three Humber region councils are to be given a share of an extra £9m being made available to ensure local areas and major ports are ready for Brexit, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said this morning.
Hull City, East Riding of Yorkshire, and North East Lincolnshire are amongst almost 30 councils to share in £5m for having major air, land or sea ports, to ensure they will continue to operate efficiently when the UK leaves the EU on 31st October.
The remaining £4m will be shared out to local resilience forums , partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, across England to support them in their preparations.
The funding can be used by local areas to support the development of robust Brexit plans for their areas and for continued preparedness activities, including additional staffing costs.
The extra funding follows a £20m boost for councils announced in August to ramp-up preparations for leaving the EU by appointing a designated Brexit lead.
This brings the total funding allocated by the government to help local areas prepare for Brexit to £77m to date.
Mr Jenrick said: “From keeping our supply chains running and ensuring goods continue to flow into the country, to putting robust plans in place for every community, local government is playing a vital role in preparing the country to be fully ready to leave the EU.
“We have stepped up our preparedness significantly in recent weeks, including by asking every council to appoint a Brexit Lead Officer. Now we are releasing an additional £9 million of additional funding today to help local areas get ready for Brexit, whatever the circumstances.”