Brexit and The Implications for the Third Sector…

Brexit and The Implications for the Third Sector…

Brexit (in one form or another) has been a constant news headline since the outcome of the referendum back in June 2016…and ‘Brexit Day’ is fast-approaching: 29th March 2019.

What’s clear is that matters, and a way forward, are still very unclear, but the clock is ticking…so what might some of the implications be for the Third Sector given some of the possible scenarios that might play out?

To try and respond to that question, SCVO attended a recent briefing organised by the WM Funders Network , hosted by Brewin Dolphin, 9 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ. The focus of the briefing was to provide an update and offer some assessment of what this might mean for the Sector.

There is still much to be clarified, such as the agreement on how much money the UK ‘owes’ the EU, what happens to the Northern Ireland border and what happens to UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. There has also been agreed a ‘transition period’ to put in place the necessary arrangements for the UK to leave the EU. The speakers considered what this might mean for the Third Sector:

Ian Burrows, Brewin Dolphin, Investment Managers started off the briefing by looking at the implications for the economy and investment income for charities.

Mick McAteer, The Financial Inclusion Centre provided evidence from various data sets on the particular impact on households in the region with higher financial vulnerabilities;

Jill Rutter, BritishFutures focused on the likely changes to immigration policy and implications for obtaining settlement status for EU migrants in the UK, and

Andy Churchill, Chief Executive, Network for Europe looked at European Funding  and its replacement by the Government’s proposed’ Shared Prosperity Fund.’

If you would like to get a sense of more of the detail covered by each speaker, you can find a copy of their PowerPoint slides HERE.

In a nutshell, despite the level of uncertainty regarding a certain way forward, the answer is NOT to be like an ostrich, but be aware of the every-growing plethora of publications and resources regarding Brexit, some of which are below. However, a key item to watch out for is the impending consultation regarding the Government’s proposed ‘Shared Prosperity Fund’. It had been hoped that such consultation would have taken place before the end of 2018, but a question posed in Parliament and answered on 3rd December 2018 elicited the following response:

Jake Berry, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

“We are continuing to work on the design and priorities of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the composition of which will be decided at next year’s Spending Review. Decisions will be informed by a consultation and will be published in due course, which will give all interested parties an opportunity to convey their views directly to Government.”

Basically, “Watch this space!”.

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Here is the resources list:

Department for Exiting the European Union: How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal:

Home Office: Immigration from 30th March 2019 if there is not deal:

The Treasury: The Government’s guarantee for EU- funded programmes if there is no Brexit deal

The National Agency: Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Programme – Updated guidance from Government

The Brexit Civil Society Alliance:

NCVO: Brexit updates

Learning and Work Institute:

Birmingham City Council: The Impact of Brexit on Birmingham and the West Midlands

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