Brexit Assessments

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Dear Shetland Islands Council,

This is a Freedom of Information request. I am interested in information from held by your organisation that relates to the process of planning and preparing for a possible future when the UK may not be a member of the European Union ("Brexit").

In particular:

1. How much has been spent on external consultants or support to advise on the implications and consequences of brexit, or recommend actions to mitigate any possible brexit impacts? If spend has occurred, please confirm the name of the supplier or suppliers and copies of any material produced by this process.

2. Please supply copies of any brexit planning documentation held by the organisation or consumed by senior management. This may include, but should not be limited to, Risk Assessments, Action Plans, Meeting minutes, Reports and presentations.

3. Please supply technical or advisory briefing documentation on brexit that has been produced by the organisation and supplied to other government agencies or bodies.

4. Please supply copies of any technical or advisory documentation that has been supplied to the agency from other public bodies that relates to Brexit contingency planning.

5. Please supply details of any assessment that has been made of the financial impact on the organisation, either positive or negative, of the brexit process. Has the organisation set-aside a contingency fund or invested as a direct consequence of the brexit process? If so, please provide summary details.

Please provide the requested information in electronic format. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Shetland Islands Council

Thank you for your recent enquiry, we acknowledge receipt of your request for information.

This is receiving our attention, and we will provide you with a response as soon as possible.

Regards, M Robertson

Marie Robertson
Committee Services Assistant
Shetland Islands Council
Montfield Offices
28 Burgh Road
Lerwick | Shetland |01595 744553

Dear Shetland Islands Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Shetland Islands Council's handling of my FOI request 'Brexit Assessments'.

This request is now long-overdue.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Shetland Islands Council

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Mr Tibbitt

I refer to your email dated 12 August, where you are seeking an internal review of an FOI request you submitted to Shetland Islands Council in September 2018.

Please see a copy of response from the Council below, of 29 September 2018:

"£2,000 was paid to Highland Council as our contribution towards the publication of the paper “Post-Brexit Implications for Agriculture & Associated Land Use in the Highlands and Islands”. This was a collaboration between the Highlands and Islands councils. A copy of the paper is attached.

Shetland Islands Council has researched the positive impact that EU immigrants have made in the Shetland economy (attached). Currently the Council has no other plans to do impact assessments but will do so if other areas of concern are identified.

Also attached is a Regional Policy Position Paper which was put together by the Highlands & Islands European Partnership, of which Shetland Islands Council is a partner.

No contingency fund has been set aside. The Council will assess the implications of a no deal Brexit when such a decision is taken and will identify the parts of the economy that need to be researched in detail at that time."

The documents referred to within our response, are also attached.

Regards, Louise

Louise Adamson
Committee Officer
Governance and Law
Shetland Islands Council
8 North Ness Business Park

Tel:  01595 744555

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