Ministry sets up chief executive network to aid Brexit preparations

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has set up a network of nine local authority chief executives across England as part of preparations for the UK leaving the EU.

The Ministry said the chief executives would engage with councils in their region “to share information on preparations to support an orderly exit”.

It added that the chief executives would simultaneously be kept informed on national policy on EU exit that could have implications for local services, businesses and residents.

The chief executives participating in the network are:

  • Phil Norrey, Devon County Council (South West)
  • Becky Shaw, East Sussex County Council (South East)
  • John O’Brien, London Councils (London)
  • Nick Page, Solihull MBC (West Midlands)
  • Anthony May, Nottingham City Council (East Midlands)
  • Tony Reeves, Liverpool City Council (North West)
  • Martin Swales, South Tyneside Council (North East)
  • Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council (Yorkshire and Humber)
  • Richard Carr, Central Bedfordshire Council (East of England)

Last week the Ministry issued guidance to assist local authority preparedness for Brexit and increased its financial support to councils in England for this work to £56.5m.

Also last month Lawyers in Local Government provided a statement to the Ministry setting out its position on the more prominent legal implications of Brexit.

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