Voluntary and community organisations across the borough are already experiencing testing times due to the pandemic, however it is vital that they also take action now to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.
On 1 January 2021, the UK will have left the EU single market and customs union. The free movement of workers between the UK and the EU countries, and the associated rights to the same working conditions, social security and health services, will have also ended.
There are specific considerations for the voluntary and community sector as the end of the transition period might increase demand for service delivery organisations, which could be adversely affected by potential disruption to supply lines for food and medicines. Also, there are new requirements that will impact on organisations’ governance, funding and workforce.
The UK government underwrote funding for all organisations which have secured it through existing EU programmes such as EU structural funds, EU regional development funds and Horizon 2020, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This means organisations will continue to get any EU funding they have already been awarded, and for the entire lifetime of such programmes and projects. Organisations can also continue to apply for EU-funded projects under the current spending framework, and during 2021. The deadline will depend on which fund you apply to. Further information here.
Some organisations may be unaware that they receive personal data from the EU. Personal data flows take many forms, including any outsourced HR/back office functions, and partners’ or suppliers’ names and addresses. A no-deal Brexit would mean the continued free flow of personal data between the EU and the UK would no longer be automatic. More.
Consult the ICO guidance and gov guidance to review your contracts to ensure your organisation can continue receiving personal data from the EU/EEA from 1 January 2021.
|Movement of Goods
The process for importing goods from the EU will change. Organisations in the UK need to complete the following actions to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021. Similarly, the process for exporting goods to the EU will change. Organisations need to complete the following actions to continue exporting to EU countries from 1 January 2021. From 1 January 2021, many goods would have to undergo border checks. This could cause disruption to supply chains. In case of no-deal, extra duties and taxes will also apply to imports and exports, causing prices to rise. Disrupted supply chains and higher prices might affect your access to goods such as food or medicines.
All organisations are urged to review their supply chains and ensure that suppliers have adequate contingency plans in place for 1 January 2021.
You should identify costs for short-term continuity in your operations and how they would be funded. You can check current funding opportunities on the Merton Voluntary Service Council and Merton Council websites. You should also be thinking differently about how to involve volunteers or share assets in case you’ll be required to operate with limited resources. Merton Voluntary Service Council can also provide support around recruiting and managing volunteers.
- The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) published a No Deal guide and a Brexit fact sheet and checklist
- DCMS has produced specific guidance for civil society to help you get ready. For more guidance tailored to your organisation, use the Transition self-checker.
- Visit the Brexit help and advice page on Merton Council’s website.
- NCVO and DCMS held free webinars on the practical steps you need to take to prepare. They can be found online here.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 1, 2020