Freedom of information response

No-Deal Brexit

Publication date: 
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Request: 

1. Please send me any risk assessments you have done for a no-deal Brexit.
 
2. (If not already answered in question 1) What are the risks you have identified in the event of a no-deal Brexit?
 
3. (if not already answered in Qs 1 or 2) What are the risks you have identified for rural communities in the event of a no-deal Brexit?
 
4. How many training exercises have been carried out so far by organisations involved in your Local Resilience Forum, from 1st April 2017, to help prepare for a no-deal Brexit? What was the purpose of each exercise?
 
5. How many no-deal training exercises are planned between now and October 31st  and what is the purpose of each?
 
6. How much extra funding have you received to deal with and prepare for a no-deal Brexit?
 
7. How many staff do you have working full time on preparing for a no-deal Brexit?
 
8. How much has no deal Brexit planning cost you to date? For example in terms of salaries, training, equipment, building, contracts etc
 
9. Has any council funding been diverted from other areas to spend on preparing for, or dealing with, a no deal Brexit? If so, where did that funding come from?

Response: 

1.    Thurrock Council’s Strategic Risk and Opportunity Register includes a risk around Impact of UK Withdrawal from EU. This was reported to Standards and Audit Committee on 18 Jul 2019, however due to the mitigating actions we now have in place with partners the risk has been downgraded and as such is listed but not detailed. The previous report which went to Standards and Audit Committee in December 2018 gives more information about the mitigating actions associated with this risk, https://democracy.thurrock.gov.uk/documents/s22631/Item%206%20-%20Appendix%202%20-%20In%20Focus%20report.pdf pages 23 and 24.

2.    Thurrock is home to three major ports and vital logistics hubs. All are internationally, nationally and regionally significant.

The most significant impact we are likely to see is traffic congestion, especially in the Purfleet area, should goods movement be delayed between borders. We have a multi-agency contingency plan in place for the Purfleet area which has been designed to support Purfleet Port (C.RO) in the event of delays/congestion at the port and surrounding areas.

3.    N/A

4.    This question should be re-directed to the Essex Resilience Forum on EssexResilienceForum@essex-fire.gov.uk

5.    This question should be re-directed to the Essex Resilience Forum on EssexResilienceForum@essex-fire.gov.uk

6.    Thurrock Council has received £209,968 central government funding to deal with issues arising as a result of Brexit. We invested around £130,000 leaving £80,000 of this money in reserve which we can use to pay for any urgent items/resources including any additional staffing costs we could face.

7.    We do not have any staff working on this full time however, a number of staff are spending a significant amount of time identifying and mitigating risks in relation to Brexit alongside their business as usual roles.

8.    We have not had any additional expenditure in relation to planning for a no-deal Brexit other than that confirmed in question 6.  

9.    We have not diverted any council funding from other areas to spend on preparing for, or dealing with a no-deal Brexit

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Request reference:
FOI 9331