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Council funds from Brexit

Every district and borough council in West Sussex is to receive thousands of pounds from the government to help them deal with Brexit.


However, one leader has said councils would be better off spending the money on ‘tinned food and paraffin stoves’.


In a written statement to Parliament, local government secretary James Brokenshire announced a £56.5m pot to be divided among county and district councils over the next two years.


County councils will receive £175k, while district and borough councils will receive £35k over the same period.


Unitary authorities, such as Brighton & Hove City Council, will receive £210,000, while an extra £1.5m will be split between councils facing an impact from local ports.


Mr Brokenshire said: “This funding will help councils to adapt to changes caused by Brexit, while still protecting vital local services.”


None of the councils in West Sussex has yet been told when they will receive the money, so have no idea how it will be used.


When asked, a spokesman for Chichester District Council said: “Until we know more about the amounts and when we’ll be receiving it we can’t comment at this stage.”


Mr Brokenshire said: “Local government will play a critical role in making a success of Brexit at the local level.


“My department is committed to ensuring councils have the support and the funding they need to prepare for an orderly exit from the EU and do appropriate contingency planning.”


By Karen Dunn, local democracy reporter

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