While there is still a lot of uncertainty about Brexit, Bath & North East Somerset council is doing everything it can to prepare for whatever outcome is finally reached.
The council has a senior lead officer working to review plans, identify risks and ensure the council is equipped to manage the impact of Brexit.
We value the contribution that EU citizens make to our local communities and want them to stay. We want people to continue to live and work here, and continue to be part of our community life. The Council is working hard to help EU nationals living in Bath and North East Somerset to apply for immigration status and to make the process as easy as possible. We offer a European Settlement Scheme Checking Service at the Guildhall in Bath.
Our main priority is to ensure continued help and support for the most vulnerable people and families in our communities. As members of the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum, the council is working with partners such as the NHS, Emergency Services and neighbouring councils to manage the potential impacts of Brexit, regardless of what form it takes.
We are working to support local people, businesses and communities to prepare to deal with any issues that may arise. We will keep our community informed about what we are doing.
Up-to-date information on what the Council is doing to plan for Brexit
We have set up a cross-service Brexit working group which is assessing the risks identified in national documents at a local level. These include risks to the well-being of our most vulnerable residents, including ensuring continuity of social care. We also are ensuring that we target resources on low income groups who may come to us for additional support.
This also includes managing potential increases in demand on local organisations, and we are working closely with them. We are also planning the delivery of additional support to help our local businesses adjust.
The Council also has in place, as part of its normal arrangements, a Fuel Plan to ensure that any fuel shortages are managed in a way that minimises risk to those who are most in need and prioritises fuel for essential services
Information for EU citizens living in Bath and North East Somerset
The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.
These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.
If you are an EU citizen living in Bath and North East Somerset, you may need to apply to stay in the UK. You have until 31 December 2020 to apply. We offer a European Settlement Scheme Checking Service at the Guildhall in Bath.
The government also has an online tool to show you what you need to do.
Information for Businesses in Bath & North East Somerset
If you run a business in Bath and North East Somerset, you can go online to find out:
1) what your business or organisation may need to do to prepare for Brexit
2) what’s changing in your industry
3) information on specific rules and regulations
The council’s Business & Skills Team has been working with businesses that have high levels of EU employees, referring them to the Department of International Trade’s visa support service.
We are also planning workshops for locally-based business to provide information on exporting. We continue to be proactive and once the full impact of our exit from the EU, we will approach local businesses that are most at risk on a strategic basis.
The government has a range of information including regulations, employing EU citizens and importing, exporting and transporting.
There is also an online tool where, by answering a few questions, you can be directed to more specific advice.
HMRC has also released informational videos and leaflets about changes at UK border you may want to prepare for, in case of a no deal Brexit.
You can find the HMRC videos here.
Other information for Bath & North East Somerset residents
The government has a range of information including going abroad, working and training in the EU and transport including driving licences.