New commission launched by CIPFA to explore risks and opportunities of Brexit for public services


New commission launched by CIPFA to explore risks and opportunities of Brexit for public services 

CIPFA has today launched the Brexit Advisory Commission for Public Services, which will examine how best the risks can be mitigated and the opportunities seized to make the sector more flexible, effective and sustainable following Brexit.

The launch of the Commission was marked by the release of its mission statement, which outlines its research themes and principles. 

In the document, the Commission recognises that exiting the EU is likely to generate significant challenges for the UK’s public services. The advisory group has also identified that there is additional scope to reshape EU legislation and policy to enhance services for the benefit of communities.  

To ensure that negotiators behind the deal understand the challenges and opportunities which Brexit presents, the Commission will provide evidence-based analysis and impartial advice. 

The Commission will release analysis later this year that will seek to explain the relationship between UK public services and EU funding. It will also bring forward recommendations on how future funding mechanisms could best work.

Chaired by former MP Julia Goldsworthy, its members include:

  • Marina Wheeler QC
  • Vicky Pryce, Economist, CEBR
  • Paul Johnson, Director, IFS
  • Niall Dickson, CEO, NHS Confederation
  • Andrew Carter, Deputy Director, Centre for Cities
  • Anna Randle, Head of Public Services, Collaborate CIC
  • Cllr Claire Kober, Chair, London Councils
  • Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling
  • Gill Payne, Director of Policy and External Affairs, The National Housing Federation
  • Julian McCrae, Deputy Director, IFG
  • Kate Kennally, CEO, Cornwall Council
  • Warwick Lightfoot, Director of Research, Policy Exchange
  • Melanie Maxwell-Scott, Director of Policy, BSA

Commenting on the launch of the Brexit Commission, Julia Goldsworthy said:

“Just as considerations about local public services were a factor in the voting choices many people made in the EU referendum, so too must they play a key part in shaping any Brexit deal.

“The legal, fiscal and policy changes that will accompany Brexit must be converted into meaningful opportunities to reform our public services – improving outcomes for the citizens that rely on them and reducing regional disparities. The Commission’s role, as set out in today’s mission statement is to help ensure the UK makes the most of these opportunities and mitigates any risks.”

Click here to view the Brexit Commission’s mission statement.


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