Freedom of information response

Brexit Planning

Publication date: 
Friday 18 October 2019
Request: 

1. How much has been spent, per annum since 2016, on preparations and planning for Brexit

2. How many extra members of staff have been hired to prepare for Brexit

3. What, if any, have you been instructed told to stockpile (List form preferable)

4. An itemized list of all revenue and capital spending on Brexit for per annum 2017-19. Please specify the individual payment, the purpose of the payment, and the cost; 2. An itemised list of all planned revenue and capital spending on Brexit for the per annum 2019-20.

5. At the time you respond to this request, how many care service providers have contacted you to warn of a risk to service delivery?

Response: 

1. Thurrock Council has received £315,000 central government funding to deal with issues arising as a result of Brexit. We have so far spent £113,000.

2. No extra members of staff have been hired to prepare for Brexit. However, one additional agency member of staff is being recruited on a short fixed term contract (funded by the resilience money) to backfill colleagues undertaking the anticipated additional demand on environmental health checks.

3. We have not been instructed to stockpile anything for Brexit.

4i)

Item Rationale / Purpose Cost Financial Year of spend
Bikes and equipment – 8 electric bikes, helmets, locks, hi-vis vests and jackets Support business continuity of critical social care services in event of highways network congestion £8,048 2018/19
2 x laptops Support remote working for critical social care services in event of highways network congestion £1,276 2019/20
Emergency road signage including Mobile Vehicle information systems Communication on highways network in event of traffic congestion £6,895 2019/20
Junction 31 / M25 - preparatory works re traffic management Work carried out overnight to recover yellow box markings as requested by Essex Police £40,000 2019/20
Diesel – Fuel Tank Costs for groundwork, connection and installation £3,822 2019/20
Site preparation Alternative operating sites for council Fleet teams in event of highways network congestion £12,925 2019/20
Site preparation Site preparation for Purfleet Contingency Plan £39,950 2019/20

4ii)

Item Rationale / Purpose Cost Financial Year of spend
Additional bike equipment – Helmets, locks, hi-vis vests and jackets Support business continuity of critical social care services in event of highways network congestion £3,200 2019/20
Additional emergency road signage including Mobile Vehicle information systems Communication on highways network in event of traffic congestion £2,500 2019/20
Support to Thurrock Community and Voluntary Services Thurrock CVS to help them support local community and voluntary sector organisations who are expecting additional demand due to Brexit related issues. £10,000 2019/20
Short fixed term contract for additional Environmental Health officer One additional agency member of staff is being recruited on a short fixed term contract to backfill colleagues undertaking the anticipated additional demand on environmental health checks £8,000 2019/20
Additional site preparation Alternative operating sites for council Fleet teams in event of highways network congestion £19,500 2019/20
Additional site preparation Site preparation for Purfleet Contingency Plan £600 2019/20
Contingency for additional deployment of staff  Including Highways and Emergency Planning staff out of hours over Brexit period £3,500 2019/20

5.

None

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Request reference:
FOI 9426