Responding to the letter received by local Councils this week from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government calling for local authorities to prepare for a no deal Brexit, Liberal Democrat County Councillor and Parliamentary Candidate for Welwyn Hatfield Barbara Gibson said:
“Asking cash-strapped councils to prepare for a no deal when it is in the Government’s gift to rule it out is nothing short of an insult to local services.
"With local government being eroded at every opportunity and councils struggling to even run just the most basic services, to add this burden for no reason other than to scaremonger support for the Prime Minister’s already defeated deal is utterly shameful."
"Local government is being disregarded and facing funding cut after funding cut. Adult social care is facing a £3.6 billion funding gap by 2025, yet the Conservative Government have delayed the publication of Social Care Green Paper six times. The Tories are wasting the public’s time and money navel-gazing and it is having a damaging effect on our communities.
Malcolm Cowan, Leader of the Lib Dem group on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:
“Every single business group in the UK is screaming out that no-deal would be a disaster, yet instead of ruling it out, the government is asking hard-pressed councils to spend more money they haven’t got, to save Theresa May’s face. Grant Shapps has shown in the past that he is willing to think for himself, but not on Brexit it seems, judging by the way he voted against all the reasoned amendments in front of MPs.”
Gibson added: “It is clear that no-deal would be an absolute disaster, and that there is no deal that is as good as the one we have right now, in the EU. Liberal Democrats are calling for a delay of Article 50, a guarantee against a no-deal Brexit, and a people’s vote that includes an option to remain in the EU.”