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WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
The Chair welcomed everyone to
the Southwark Brexit Panel meeting and the representative form
To receive any apologies for
TERMS OF REFERENCE
To agree the updated Terms of Reference.
the updated Terms of Reference were agreed.
DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS AND DISPENSATIONS
Members to declare any interest and
dispensations in respect of any item of business to be considered
at this meeting.
To agree as a correct record the
minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2021.
The minutes of the meeting held
on 28 January 2021 were agreed as a
correct record of the meeting.
BREXIT UPDATE REPORT
To note the latest Brexit position.
Strategy Officer and Andrew Matheson, Senior
Commissioning Officer, answered the
panel’s queries arising from the report.
The panel noted the
following points in response to a question and answer
- There were no
existing EU Structural Funds allocated to the Local Economy and
Communities teams to finance their respective projects.
- The risks vs. rewards
in bidding for funds were outweighed by the challenges in securing
a viable bid.
- London Borough of
Southwark were not chosen by Government to be a priority place to
receive funds from the UK Community Renewal Fund worth
- The 100 chosen
priority places were selected from applying the Government’s
index of economic resilience methodology. Further details are
- Paragraphs 30 to 38
of the report presented a detailed position in response to the UK
Community Renewal Fund.
- There was still no
single reliable data source available for the council to use and
identify the number of residents that were yet to apply for EU
settlement status by the set deadline, 30 June
- Residents from not just the Latin American
community needed to be reached and supported to apply for EU
- The local economy
team were working with Central London Forward and were relying on
the work of London Councils and the GLA to represent Southwark
council in securing a firmer position in bidding for funds from the
UK Community Renewal Fund.
- The four proposals as
set out in the main and addendum reports were expected by the
officers in handling the proposals.
- The VCS could apply
for the council’s reactivated restoration fund should they
have the structures in place to meet the timescales in securing
their bid for funds.
- All four proposals
would be taken forward for implementation.
That the Southwark Brexit Panel noted the
That the Southwark Brexit Panel receive a copy of
the latest communications plan to ensure all that can be done was
being done to inform residents of the EU Settlement Scheme
deadline, 30 June 2021.
That the Southwark Brexit Panel receives an updated
report at a future meeting.
The Chair thanked
everyone for their contributions to this item.
COMMUNITY SOUTHWARK UPDATE
To discuss with Community Southwark the impact of
Brexit on our communities and the role of the voluntary community
Deborah Hayman from
Community Southwark explained that the following three areas
remained to be the challenges:
remained a number of citizens that were yet to apply for EU
official channels to obtain EU settlement status needed to be known
and complied with; and
champions to reach residents communities from either door knocking
or other means.
That the Chair will
liaise with key officers in the council to identify what social
media was being used to reach residents and other