Monday, 25 February 2019

BREXIT FUNDING FOR UK AUTHORITIES WITH PORTS

Port of Felixstowe is one of a number of ports that will benefit from Brexit funding allocated to local authorities in the UK. Credit: Hutchison Ports



19 UK local authorities with a major port will receive a share of GB£3.14m to help them prepare for Brexit, the government has confirmed.

The Communities Secretary said that 19 district and unitary councils across England facing impacts from a local air, land or sea port will receive £136,362 to the end of April for each major port of entry into the UK in their area. Ports of entry within selected local authorities include Dover, Ramsgate, Goole, Hull, Grimsby, Immingham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Harwich and Felixstowe.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, 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 £3.14 million to those areas considered to be under the greatest pressure from Brexit.”

Impact preparation
The funding aims to allow the local authorities to increase their resources to deal with 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.

The allocations have been based on multiple factors including the amount of EU goods each port area receives into the country and its wider importance to the UK’s global trade network.
The funding is part of the GB£56.5m announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last month to help councils adapt to the changes caused by Brexit.

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