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B4: Update on Brexit and the implications for charities


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Slides from breakout session B4: Update on Brexit and the implications for charities, from the NCVO Annual Conference which took place on 16 April 2018.

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B4: Update on Brexit and the implications for charities

  2. 2. OFFICE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY WHO WE ARE We are responsible for policy relating to young people, volunteers, charities, social enterprises and public service mutuals
  3. 3. OCS & EU EXIT • To understand the impact of EU exit on the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector across Whitehall • To listen to and champion the views of the VCSE sector • To support the VCSE sector through this time of change HOW WE CAN HELP • We want to hear your views and offer our support e.g. in contacting other government departments • OUR ROLE
  4. 4. THE ROAD TO BREXIT KEY MILESTONES 29 March 2017 – Article 50 triggered December 2017 – Joint Report: ‘divorce bill’, citizens’ rights, N Ireland 23 March 2018 – Implementation period agreed Ongoing in 2018 – Negotiations on future relationship October 2018 – Withdrawal Agreement ratified 29 March 2019 – EU Exit 31 December 2020 – End of implementation period
  5. 5. PM’S MANSION HOUSE SPEECH • Set out PM’s vision for future economic partnership • Frictionless trade – seeking mutual recognition and regulatory alignment • Customs – either customs partnership or highly streamlined customs arrangement • Labour mobility framework – to facilitate trade in services • Explore membership of EU agencies • Independent arbitration system
  6. 6. IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD • Implementation period will run from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020 • The UK will no longer be a Member State, but market access will continue on current terms • Common rules will remain in place meaning we will be able to trade on the same terms until end of 2020 • UK able to negotiate, ratify and sign new trade deals (to take effect post Dec 2020) • Secured reciprocal deal to give further certainty on citizens rights
  7. 7. BREXIT LEGISLATION • EU (Withdrawal) Bill – aka ‘Repeal Bill’, brings EU law into UK law (maintain regulatory environment on Exit Day +1) • Taxation (Cross-Border) Bill – allows creation of UK standalone customs regime • Trade Bill – creates powers to negotiate FTAs • (tbc) Immigration Bill – control numbers / access to brightest & best
  8. 8. EU EXIT & THE VCSE SECTOR • Estimates from NCVO suggest that in 2014/15 the sector received between £350-£450m of EU funding. Funds include: • European Social Fund • European Regional Development Fund • Humanitarian Aid and International Development funding • EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation • Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme • Horizon 2020 • Erasmus+ • Creative Europe • EU Life EU FUNDING
  9. 9. EU EXIT & THE VCSE SECTOR • Agreement on implementation period – certainty on participation in EU funding programmes until end of 2020 • Once agreed in Withdrawal Treaty this will supersede requirement for a domestic guarantee of funding announced by Treasury last year UK organisations should continue to bid for EU funding • UK participation in future EU programmes will be a matter for negotiations and our future relationship with the EU EU FUNDING
  10. 10. EU EXIT & THE VCSE SECTOR EU FUNDING • Conservative Manifesto 2017 promised to: “use the structural fund money that comes back to the UK following Brexit to create a United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund, specifically designed to reduce inequalities between communities across our four nations. The money that is spent will help deliver sustainable, inclusive growth based on our modern industrial strategy” • Commitment to consult widely on the fund
  11. 11. EU EXIT & THE VCSE SECTOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT • Estimated 4% of the 853,000 paid employees in voluntary sector EEA nationals. We are undertaking analysis to estimate number of volunteers who are EEA nationals and number in social enterprise sector • VCSE sector draws on EEA nationals from low skilled (e.g. in the social care sector) to medium-high skilled (e.g. medical research specialists) • Migration Advisory Committee – Call for Evidence July- Oct 2017. Detailed study of evidence on patterns of EU migration, and role of migration in wider economy • MAC to report to Home Secretary Oct 2018 – to inform future immigration system
  12. 12. EU EXIT & THE VCSE SECTOR CITIZENS RIGHTS • Settled status scheme for EU citizens and their family members. The new system will be streamlined, low-cost and user-friendly • EU citizens applying to stay in the UK after the implementation period will have until June 2021 to obtain settled status and leave to remain • During the implementation period, EU citizens coming to the UK and UK nationals going to the EU will be able to live, work, volunteer and study as they do now, but there will be a registration scheme for EU citizens who arrive in the UK during this period
  13. 13. EU EXIT & THE VCSE SECTOR CITIZENS RIGHTS • The agreement set out in the Withdrawal Agreement text, will provide certainty to EU and UK nationals about their rights going forward. It will enable families to stay together and also gives people more certainty about residence, healthcare, pensions and other benefits. • EU citizens will also be given a statutory right of appeal, if their application is unsuccessful
  14. 14. EU EXIT & THE VCSE SECTOR OTHER IMPACT AREAS • EU laws and regulations: EU laws do not directly regulate VCSEs but sector may be impacted by any changes. Future regulatory landscape will be subject to negotiation • Economic impact: Impact on international spending power with any fluctuations in value of sterling. But overall the UK economy is fundamentally strong, highly competitive and open for business
  15. 15. NEXT STEPS • We want to hear your views on other areas of impact, and any concerns or opportunities you wish to raise • Keep up to date: OCS ‘for info’ newsletter • Please contact us:
  16. 16. BREXIT AND EQUALITY ALI HARRIS EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY FORUM Dinner sponsors: Media partner: Headline sponsor: Lead sponsor: Digital partner: #BrexitEquality #SharedProsperity
  18. 18. The EU and rights Just one example of many: age discrimination Maximum age on job ads Men working 5 years more for pension Women over 60 no unfair dismissal No protection in consumer and services EU role: Case law and Directive 2000/78 => UK age employment regulations Consumer protections based on employment protections Red line below which national laws cannot fall
  19. 19. Withdrawal Bill priorities 1. Rule out the use of delegated powers to amend or limit equality and human rights laws 2. Ensure the use of delegated powers has proper and appropriate parliamentary scrutiny 3. Include a principle of non-dilution of equality and human rights 4. Retain the protections of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights 5. Introduce a constitutional right to equality 6. Ensure UK courts consider when to take account of EU law
  20. 20. The EU and funding
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  22. 22. EU requirements: -cross-cutting themes (CCTs) for all programmes - equal opportunities and gender mainstreaming, tackling poverty and social exclusion -address needs of those at most risk of discrimination UK Government and devolved administrations’ principles for meeting requirements of CCTs, and expectations on Managing Authorities for delivery Fund-specific thematic priorities and participation targets Good practice: CCT support team, use of procurement Equality drivers
  23. 23. SUMMARY RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Replace REC fund - to tackle domestic abuse, hate crime, etc 2. Shared Prosperity Fund should continue support to people and communities facing discrimination and marginalisation 3. ‘Domestic’ priorities for current and replacement investment should include equality and human rights, and take account of devolution 4. Build equality drivers into all future funds 5. Improve processes and targeting, including the use of equality data 6. Increase accessibility of funds for voluntary and community organisations
  24. 24. Shared prosperity, shared rights: replacing EU funding for equality and human rights after Brexit: Our Brexit resource bank: Our newsletter:
  25. 25. THE ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR’S RESPONSE TO BREXIT NCVO Annual Conference, 16 April 2018 Amy Mount, head of Greener UK unit, Green Alliance @ASmallAMount
  26. 26. 26 The Greener UK coalition
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  28. 28. RISK TRACKER 30
  29. 29. 31 Withdrawal Bill
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  34. 34. The environmental NGOs’ Brexit ecosystem Greener UK board (Shaun Spiers, Green Alliance), partners’ group & unit Pillars Task groups Parliamentary (Paul McNamee, Green Alliance) Brexit scenarios (David Baldock, IEEP) Withdrawal Bill (Ruth Chambers, Green Alliance) Devolution (Lloyd Austin, RSPB) Public campaigns (Steven Roddy, RSPB) Climate & energy (Chaitanya Kumar, Green Alliance & Pete Clutton-Brock, E3G) Fisheries & marine (Lyndsey Dodds, WWF) Farming & land use (Richard Hebditch, National Trust & Jenna Hegarty, RSPB) Policy (Tom Lancaster, RSPB & Marcus Gilleard, National Trust) Link Legal (Matthew Stanton, WWF & Richard Benwell, WWT) ELUK Brexit nature coalition (Kate Jennings, RSPB) Link 25YP (Richard Benwell, WWT & Karen Ellis, WWF) Link agriculture (Helen Chesshire, Woodland Trust) Link marine (Chris Tuckett, MCS) Sustai n The Climate Coalition Key Greener UK pillar Greener UK task group Link group Joint Link & Greener UK group Sustain The Climate Coalition Brackets = chair/sEnvironment Links UK (NIEL, SEL, WEL & WCL) Coordination group (Amy Mount, Green Alliance) EU negotiations (Stephen Hinchley, RSPB) Media & comms (Ben Halfpenny, Green Alliance) Legislative strategy (Stephanie Hilborne, The Wildlife Trusts & Tony Juniper, WWF) Trade (Ali Plummer, RSPB) Risk Tracker (Amy Mount, Green Alliance)