A report on Bradford Council’s Brexit preparations will be presented to the Council’s Executive next week. The report advises members on progress to date in ensuring Bradford District is prepared for Brexit.

The Council has been monitoring developments relating to Brexit since the referendum in 2016. As events have started to unfold, the Council has stepped up its own preparations for Brexit.

To help identify and find solutions to potential issues, the Council is currently working with partners from the LGA, Chambers of Commerce, our Local Resilience Forum, and other bodies to share intelligence, work together on plans and understand concerns as events continue to progress.

To ensure a co-ordinated response within the district, a Brexit Local Planning Working Group has been formed. Led by Bradford Council Chief Executive Kersten England, the group includes representatives from health, emergency services, businesses and the voluntary and community sector. This will ensure a focussed and integrated approach to Bradford’s preparations and help ensure everyone in the district is receiving the same information.

So far, work is being prepared to address a number of issues in advance of Brexit.

For example, once the UK leaves the European Union, EU citizens will need to apply for settled status to secure the right to live and work in the UK and gain access to benefits and public services. Work is being done, therefore, to signpost EU citizens who live and work in Bradford district to the Government’s settlement scheme, which will allow them and their families to apply for settled status.

The Brexit preparedness report will provide an opportunity for the Executive to offer their views on the issues and actions identified.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “While we are currently undergoing a prolonged period of uncertainty with regards to the UK leaving the EU, we can reassure residents, businesses and communities that the Council and partners are working hard to ensure that, whatever the outcome of the current negotiations, Bradford is preparing for all eventualities.”

“We have set up a webpage on the Council website which will help signpost EU citizens, businesses, community and voluntary sector organisations, and schools and colleges to information on preparing for Brexit.

You can find this and general information on the UK leaving the EU at www.bradford.gov.uk/your-council/about-bradford-council/brexit-what-you-need-to-know/