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Brexit special - reaction to the EU referendum from Councils around UK

Councils including Lancashire have credit rating downgraded; Birmingham and Cornwall call on government to replace EU funding; Milton Keynes and Dundee to continue with European Capital of Culture bids; Bath and North East Somerset staff suffer abuse after Brexit result; Belfast council worker emails all councillors about 'horrific Brexit mistake'; Hull turns down petition to haul down EU flags and more....

How Sunderland’s Brexit count rocked the world - and Lindsay Lohan

Sunderland City Council     Source: Sunderland Echo

Silksworth Tennis Centre isn’t the first place you think of as a backdrop to Earth-shattering events. But the eyes of the world - and, apparently, even of a Hollywood star - were on the city council-owned sports facility in the early hours of Friday 24 June.  Read in full

How Liverpool encourages development through online planning

Liverpool City Council    Source: The Information Daily

Under recently re-elected mayor Joe Anderson, Liverpool has taken an innovative approach to development, including offering derelict houses for £1 to people willing to renovate and live in them for five years. And the council has split its online planning service into versions for householders and for businesses, to encourage both groups to take part in developing the city.

Councils have credit rating downgraded after Brexit

Lancashire County Council     Source: LocalGov

The decision to leave the EU has led to four councils having their credit rating outlooks downgraded from stable to negative. Ratings agency Moody’s made the announcement about Cornwall Council, Guildford and Warrington Borough Councils and Lancashire County Council after stripping Britain of its top credit grade.  Read in full

Jos Creese was at Better Connected Live to see "some of the best presentations I’ve ever seen on public sector digital strategy"

Local CIO Council     Source: Public Service Digital

Speaking to the Better Connected Live conference theme ‘the reinvention of local public services’ Martin Reeves, CEO of Coventry City Council and recently appointed CEx West Midlands Combined Authority described digital as one of the ‘fundamental components’ for reimagining public services in the city.

Brexit should unite – not divide – us

Oldham Council     Source: Oldham Council leader's blog

I wonder what Harold Wilson – the PM who coined the phrase “a week is a long time in politics” – would have thought about the last few days, writes Oldham leader Jean Stretton. The EU Referendum has sent the UK into a tailspin and its impact is being felt across every walk of life and community.  Read in full

North Yorkshire political leader warns Brexit could affect vital frontline service

North Yorkshire County Council     Source: Harrogate Advertiser

Political leaders in North Yorkshire have called for government certainty in the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. The Conservative leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Coun Carl Les told the Harrogate Advertiser he was ‘disappointed’ with the outcome but stressed the need for positivity moving forward.  Read in full

Council claims victory over Sheffield HS2 station move

Sheffield City Council     Source: BBC News

Sheffield's HS2 station will be built in the city centre rather than at Meadowhall, according to council leader Julie Dore. The switch would save the government £768m, while the council say it could create up to 6,500 more jobs.  Read in full

Notts politicians call for co-operation in wake of EU referendum

Nottingham City Council     Source: Nottingham Post

Some Remain campaigners said they were "heartbroken" with the EU referendum result while Brexiters were "buzzing". Jon Collins, the leader of Nottingham City Council, said although it is difficult to say what the result means for Nottingham, people have had their say and it has to be respected. He said: "I think there's a lot of uncertainty. But the decision is the decision and we will have to work with it. I had my say, everyone else had their say and we need to get on with it."  Read in full

Schools to be charged for accessing some Lincolnshire County Council services

Lincolnshire County Council     Source: The Lincolnite

Schools, academies, and other education organisations will have to pay to access some Lincolnshire County Council services in a bid by the authority to recover costs. A report to Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive has suggested that the authority could charge for so-called “discretionary” services.  Read in full

Demand Brexit government replaces Birmingham's £300m EU funding

Birmingham City Council     Source: Birmingham Mail

Birmingham councillors are calling on the Government to make up at at least £300 million EU funding placed at risk following the Brexit vote. As well as raising concerns about a fall in funding for youth employment training, business investment and transport schemes also demands about £250 million EU funding for universities across the region is maintained by UK Government.  Read in full

Newcastle binmen disciplined as the row over refuse collections rumbles on

Newcastle City Council     Source: Chronicle Live

The man in charge of Newcastle’s rubbish has revealed how a number of binmen have been disciplined in the row over refuse collections. Collections across the city have consistently been missed since April, when the council introduced new working practices in a bid to save cash.  Read in full

Coventry council leaders worried about short-term future after Brexit vote

Coventry City Council     Source: Coventry Telegraph

Leaders at Coventry City Council are worried about the short-term future after the Brexit vote. Coun George Duggins, leader of Labour-controlled Coventry City Council, said: "In my view there are a number of concerns. The economic imperatives we are facing have not gone away because of the leave vote."  Read in full

Norfolk County gives green light to devo deal

Norfolk County Council     Source: LocalGov

Members of Norfolk County Council have backed a joint devolution plan with neighbouring Suffolk County Council. The county councillors voted by 34 votes to 28, with two abstentions, to endorse the plan and go ahead with a public consultation on the proposals.  Read in full

Permanent job merger for Peterborough City Council chief executive

Peterborough City Council     Source: Peterborough Telegraph

The chief executive of Peterborough City Council will continue performing the same role at Cambridgeshire County Council after it was agreed to permanently merge both jobs. Councillors at both local authorities agreed to the proposal after an initial trial of a year was deemed to have been a success.  Read in full

New Solent authority 'secures £900m' from government

Portsmouth City Council     Source: BBC News

Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight councils have announced plans to create a combined authority. A joint statement said a deal had been agreed with the government, which had allocated £900m for the authority to spend over 30 years. Portsmouth leader Donna Jones said the official announcement was expected within weeks.  Read in full

Brexit won’t kill Milton Keynes’ European City of Culture bid

Milton Keynes Council     Source: Milton Keynes Citizen

We may be out of the EU, but Milton Keynes Council still plans to spend millions on battling to become a European Capital of Culture. The Brexit vote will not make a scrap of difference to the plan, said council leader Pete Marland.  Read in full

Cornish MPs, council, and institutions pledge to pursue funding as Brexit threaten £500m shortfall

Cornwall Council     Source: This is The West Country

After Cornwall awoke to news that Britain would be leaving the European Union, the county's councillors launched a plea to politicians to replace any funding that might be lost. With an average of £60 million a year coming to Cornwall from the EU, and a recent budget pledging a further €592 million - or £489 million - from 2014 to 2020, the council is urging Westminster to guarantee it will not lose out as a result of Brexit.  Read in full

Bath and North East Somerset Council staff suffer abuse following Brexit vote

Bath & North East Somerset Council     Source: Bath Chronicle

Bath & North East Somerset Council has condemned racist and xenophobic behaviour following reports that its staff have suffered verbal abuse over the last week. Across the country there have been reports of an increase in complaints since the EU referendum result was revealed.  Read in full

Redbridge will stand together against hate crime - council leader on Brexit

Redbridge Council     Source: East London and West Essex Guardian Series

Redbridge’s diverse communities will “stand together against hate crime” after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the council leader has said. Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal has sought to reassure EU nationals living in the borough that they are still welcome, particularly in light of recent incidents of anti-EU hate crime nationally.  Read in full

Barking and Dagenham council leader urges Jeremy Corbyn to resign

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham     Source: Barking and Dagenham Post

The leader of the council has called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down, while three councillors in the borough have urged him to stay. Leader Cllr Darren Rodwell said it was a “sad time” for the party but it was essential to “move forward” with a new leader.  Read in full

Dundee to continue Capital of Culture bid

Dundee City Council     Source: The National

Dundee will continue its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 despite the vote for Brexit. The Council had announced that it was going to bid for the title that can mean millions for the winning city. A UK city is slated to get the title in 2023, though it remains to be seen whether the UK Government will follow through and continue with the scheme which involves all of Europe but is run by the European Union.  Read in full

Considerable consequences for Highlands from Brexit

The Highland Council     Source: BBC News

Highland Council has said that the UK leaving the European Union will have "considerable consequences" for the region. 56% of those who voted in the Highlands supported remaining in the union. Highland, the largest local authority area in the UK, receives up to £100m per annum in investment from the EU.  Read in full

Cardiff council's leader Phil Bale says Brexit could threaten City Deal

Cardiff Council     Source: WalesOnline

Cardiff's leader Phil Bale has said that the City Deal could be at risk because of the Brexit vote. In a statement released after the result, he said "there is no rule book...nothing like this has happened before". The £1.2bn deal was signed in March and was hailed as a "game changer".  Read in full

Concerns CCTV loss could lead to crime increase in Neath Port Talbot

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council     Source: South Wales Evening Post

Concerns have been raised that crime and antisocial behaviour in Neath Port Talbot could increase with the loss of CCTV. Neath Port Talbot Council has begun reducing the amount of CCTV cameras across the county in order to save funds.  Read in full

Anger over Belfast council worker's email about 'horrific Brexit mistake' sent to all councillors

Belfast City Council     Source: Belfast Telegraph

Belfast City Council bosses are set to launch an investigation after an employee sent out an email to every local representative and staff member calling Brexit “a horrific mistake” that must be overturned. Last night, councillors described the email, sent from a council account during working hours, as “outrageous” and said it merited disciplinary action.  Read in full

Sinn Fein call for special meeting of Mid Ulster Council amid concern over Brexit vote

Mid-Ulster District Council     Source: Mid-Ulster Mail

The leader of the Sinn Fein delegation at Mid Ulster Council has contacted the Chair of the Mid Ulster District Council to request a special meeting of council to discuss the impact of Brexit for local people and business. The majority of voters in Mid Ulster voted to remain in the recent referendum, and Ronan McGinley said the Sinn Féin council team believe there is concern among residents, and a stronger case for a border poll.  Read in full

And finally…

Take down EU flags petition rejected by Hull City Council

Hull City Council     Source: Hull Daily Mail

A petition to take down the flags bearing the European Union emblem has been met with complete rejection from the leader of Hull City Council. The campaign is urging the city council to take down the flags, which are based at Hull Marina and near the Minerva pub on Nelson Street. But council leader Councillor Stephen Brady said: "They can get as many signatures as they like, as far as I'm concerned the UK is still in the European Union until we've negotiated the terms of our exit."  Read in full

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