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With continued and increased uncertainty about when the UK will leave the European Union, preparations are underway at Bridgend County Borough Council.

Under the leadership of the interim Chief Executive, a project team has been formed and a 'risk tracker' developed to help the authority prepare for a wide range of potential outcomes.

Covering areas such as legal issues, the workforce, supply chains, finance and funding, emergency planning, social care, education, the economy and community cohesion, the tracker includes risks ranging from possible setbacks and delays in council supply chains to increased public dependence upon critical council services.

A public webpage<https://www.bridgend.gov.uk/my-council/council-priorities-and-performance/preparing-for-brexit/> has been launched to offer support and guidance to residents, businesses, voluntary groups and local organisations. Featuring links to Welsh Government's 'Preparing Wales' website, this is being regularly updated as new information becomes available.

The Home Office's EU Settlement Scheme is open, and any non-UK EU citizens who want to continue to live and work in the UK will need to register for settled or pre-settled status. The application process is simple to complete and includes a range of options which you can read about at the UK government website. https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Businesses can visit a 'Brexit Portal' and complete a self-assessment on the Business Wales website which will help them understand just how prepared they are for Brexit. Business Wales is also organising workshops designed to help businesses and traders get ready for Brexit, and offers a specialist helpline. All of this and more can be found at https://businesswales.gov.wales/brexit/brexit-toolkit

The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: "The ongoing and increasing uncertainty surrounding the UK's withdrawal from the European Union means that it is difficult to plan ahead with any sense of certainty, but we are doing all that we can to prepare for a range of scenarios, including a no-deal exit.

"We have been working with our suppliers to ensure that adequate supplies are in place, and are working alongside partner organisations to share information and resources.

"Nobody knows at this stage all the challenges Brexit will bring. So far, we have focused on short and medium-term issues, but as more details emerge, we will also take longer term implications into account."


Original Post 22/3/19

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