East of England councillor appointed Chairman of national LGA's Brexit Task and Finish Group

1st August 2017

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the East of England LGA's Europe and International Panel has been appointed as Chairman of the national LGA's Brexit Task and Finish Group.

As part of their Brexit work programme the national LGA has recently published a new report, ‘Beyond Brexit: Future of funding currently sourced from the EU’ and are seeking your views.

The report presents an in-depth analysis of a number of options which aim to inform the design and delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
The first part of this report covers the national LGA’s work to date; this includes a summary of the LGA basic principles for successor arrangements and an analysis of their independent research into potential funding scenarios. 
The second part of the report presents in-depth analysis of three options, which aim to inform the design and delivery of successor arrangements, as follows: 

  • Option 1: No change - This highlights the risk of implementing a domestic regional aid policy which simply mirrors the current ESIF funding programme in terms of structure, value and allocation timescales, but does not take opportunity to innovate.
  • Option 2: Innovative flexi-fund - A step forward which envisages a fundamental re-working of pre-Brexit funding arrangements to a structure that is more innovative and linked to  flexible single pot allocation.
  • Option 3: Fully integrated - Represents the greatest flexibility in the design of a successor arrangement for regional funding, and would include EU funding and national growth funds into one flexible fund to maximise its potential.

The options and analysis presented are intended to kick-start a conversation, and the LGA are keen to receive feedback. They are particularly interested in hearing about any opportunities and/or risks that are not captured by the analysis and that should be explored—particularly when these are bespoke to local areas.
Deadline for any submissions or initial views is Tuesday 5th September 2017. All information can be submitted to brexit@local.gov.uk 

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