The Government has announced an extra £2.1bn of funding to prepare for a no-deal Brexit – doubling the amount of money it has set aside this year.
Where exactly is all this money coming from?
When any improvements are needed at grass roots and in Local Communities poverty is echoing all around.
Yet, in the run-up to March 2019, councils were allocated a share of £56.5m put aside by the Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government (MCHLG) to deal with Brexit preparedness.
Of this, £20m was divided up among councils for 2018-19, ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, and another £20m was earmarked for 2019-20, seen as a fund to deal with the potentially disruptive effects of a no-deal exit.
Some local authorities have also received direct funding from the Department for Transport, for specific projects. A large chunk of this funding – almost £29m for Operation Brock – went to Kent County Council to deal with a potential increase in traffic around the Port of Dover.
The plans include more border force officers and upgrades to transport infrastructure at ports. There will also be more money to ease traffic congestion in Kent and tackle queues created by delays at the border.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell described the plans as “an appalling waste of taxpayers’ cash”.
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