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LGA statement on 'leave' vote in EU referendum

The LGA has issued a statement on 'leave' vote in EU Referendum

"Local government is going to be central in bringing communities together following this vote.

"Councils in England need a seat around the table when decisions are taken over how to replace EU laws as part of the UK's exit negotiations. It is vital that local government is part of the team."

"EU laws and regulations impact on many council services, such as waste, employment, health and safety, consumer protection and trading and environmental standards.

"There cannot be an assumption that power over these services is simply transferred from Brussels to Westminster. If services are delivered locally, then the power over how to run them should rest locally too. Decades of centralised control over funding and services has distanced our residents from the decisions that affect their everyday lives. With greater control in our areas we can improve services and save money.

"Communities in England have been allocated £5.3 billion of EU regeneration funding up to 2020. It is important for the Government to guarantee it will protect this vital funding to avoid essential growth-boosting projects stalling and local economies across England being stifled.

"The LGA will continue to represent the interests of English councils in Brussels as the UK's exit from the EU is negotiated."

Note to editors

There was a diversity of views among local government about Britain's membership of the EU. To reflect this, the LGA remained neutral during the referendum campaign.

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