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Philip Hammond 'HOLDS BACK' vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

December 31, 2018 12:39 AM
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Philip Hammond 'HOLDS BACK' vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

SENIOR cabinet officials have accused the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, of stopping the necessary funding required to prepare the UK for Brexit.

The Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has complained to the Treasury, saying his department has only received half of what was required to prepare local councils for Brexit. Mr Brokenshire's department only received £35million as opposed to the £70million it requested. The Tory warned the Chancellor’s failure to provide more funding would lead to a "significant risk of disruption".

He said his department does not have enough money to prepare for Brexit whether the UK leaves the bitter bloc with or without a deal.

He added: "If councils are not given the funding they need now to prepare, we are at increased risk of disruption in the medium to longer term.

"As you know, Government needs local authorities to remain resilient in the face of their other challenges, including pressures in adult social care and children's services."

The British Communities Secretary's sent a letter to the Treasury just before Christmas.

Mr Brokenshire said a no-deal Brexit could put increased pressure on local councils as they face a potential "influx" of elderly ex-pats and civil unrest.


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