Action plan for Calderdale after EU exit result

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

An action plan has been prepared by Calderdale Council for possible changes arising from the result of the EU referendum.

The outcome of the referendum has meant that the UK is now entering a period of uncertainty, which has a knock on effect on local councils and the services they provide.

To ensure that Calderdale is prepared for any changes resulting from the referendum, the Council has put together an EU action plan detailing short term actions and indications of longer term plans. A cross-party working group will oversee this action plan.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Tim Swift, said: “The result of the EU referendum has had a knock on effect on a number of sectors and organisations, and although the full impact of the decision is yet to be felt, it’s important that Calderdale Council is prepared for eventualities arising from the EU exit.

“This action plan will allow us to act appropriately to do the best for the borough, and provide reassurance through any changes that take place.”

The decision to leave the EU will have major implications on many UK organisations; for Calderdale Council the impacts are likely to be mainly financial, as there is uncertainty over levels of government support following the referendum result.

However, the decision could also impact on a number of Council services, and the agreed action plan aims to provide initial responses for areas identified as having the potential to be affected.

The actions plan is split into seven different themes:

Political voice and leadership, community relationships, support for businesses and key institutions, investment and employment, promoting Calderdale, internal impact and communication and information.

These themes form an initial action plan, which will be updated regularly.

Political and business leaders from across the Leeds City Region have also met upon leaving the European Union.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP and Coun Peter Box, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said: “We believe it is important to bring together our key decision makers in light of the country’s vote to leave the EU and assess any potential implications on the delivery of our programmes.”