Brexit planning

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Dear Argyll and Bute 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

Administrator, Argyll and Bute Council


Dear Ally Tibbitt

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Brexit planning

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Dear Mr Tibbitt

 

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Brexit planning

Reference: argyllbuteir:9087.

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

I have attached the following information in fulfilment of your request:

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|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. |
| |
|  |
| |
|Requested by: Ally Tibbitt |
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Response details:

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|Responses to the queries raised in this FOI are as follows: |
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|Point 1: |
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|No payments have been made to external organisations or companies to advise |
|on the implications and consequences of Brexit, or recommend actions to |
|mitigate any possible Brexit impacts. |
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|  |
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|Points 2 to 4: |
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|Argyll and Bute Council has established an Industry and Regional Development |
|Sounding Board (including membership from the administration and opposition) |
|where the issues surrounding Brexit and its implications for the Argyll and |
|Bute area are discussed. A paper discussed at the meeting of the Sounding |
|Board on 26^th March 2018, which was attended by Michael Russell, MSP, the |
|then Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe and by |
|industry stakeholders is attached. |
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|The next meeting of the Industry and Regional Development Sounding Board will|
|be on Monday, 5^th November 2018. |
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|  |
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|In particular the Council’s European and External Policy team and Economic |
|Growth officers (who focus on sectoral issues) have been involved in a number|
|of groups where Brexit is discussed (for instance the SLAED European and |
|Rural Affairs Groups see: [1]http://www.slaed.org.uk/index.html) and have |
|access to a plethora of information on Brexit issues through websites such |
|as: |
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|  |
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|[2]https://scottishparliamentinformationcen... - Scottish Parliament |
|Information Centre Brexit Hub – many research reports and briefings on Brexit|
|issues. |
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|[3]https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi... - |
|all UK Government/UK Parliament reports are published |
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|[4]https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm...
|- report of ‘The impact of Brexit on the processed food and drink sector’. |
| |
|  |
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|Reports are also received on regular basis from COSLA (Convention of Scottish|
|Local Authorities) see [5]http://www.cosla.gov.uk/search/node/brexit i.e. |
|COSLA Brexit Bulletin, July 2018. |
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|  |
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|In addition, the Argyll and Bute Council officer responses to the following |
|four recent consultations which encapsulate Brexit issues are also provided: |
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| o Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee: ‘Inquiry into |
| European Structural and Investment Funds’ (submission approved by |
| Industry and Regional Development Sounding Board): |
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|  |
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| o National Council of Rural Advisers ‘A Rural Conversation: Together We |
| Can, Together We Will’ consultation: |
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|  |
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| o ‘Stability and Simplicity: proposals for a rural funding transition |
| period’ consultation. Reponses provided to questions 33, 34, 36, 37, 38 |
| and 46: |
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|  |
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| o All-Party Parliamentary Group on ‘Post-Brexit Funding for Nations, |
| Regions and Local Areas’ call for written submissions: |
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|  |
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|Point 5: |
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|No such financial assessment has taken place to date. |
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