Crisis of unemployment is risk from from no-deal Brexit - but where's the urgent political oversight from City's Labour administration? And what's the £500,000 contingency been spent on? Liberal Democrats Leader wants answers.
'It is imperative that the Council and its partners have a clear and unambiguous plan for mitigating the impact of Brexit on the city.
'Whilst we recognise that Council Officers have been working hard to put plans in place, the Opposition has some concern that at this late hour Brexit does not appear to have the level of urgent political oversight that could be expected from the Labour administration of the Council. £500,000 was set aside in this year's budget for Brexit, but we have little idea what it has been spent on. Brexit appears to have very little prominence in the papers that were agreed for consultation on the budget. It appears in the Council's strategic risk register, but only under an amber heading, rather than as a red urgent indicator. The information presented to Cabinet is months out of date. Surely, Cabinet should be presented with the risks that are current, not those that were current a few months ago?
'We are told that the Council can only take responsibility for risks which sit within the remit of the local authority, but this is inconsistent with the treatment of other risks recorded in the strategic register, where the Council reports on its work with partners and appears to exercise its leadership of place."