BASW Cymru Brexit statement and advice

The Government has announced its intentions to leave the European Union without a deal if one cannot be found in the coming days and weeks.

Wales currently receives around £680 million per year from the European Union, which equals approximately to £83 per person, more than any of the other devolved nations or English region. BASW Cymru would like assurances as to how the funding gap could be adequately filled.

Wales is the only UK nation to see a rise in child poverty rates last year, with a staggering 206,000 children in Wales living in poverty. Even with European funding, vulnerable families in Wales are still struggling. Assurances are needed that funding will be matched in order to stop further increases in child poverty rates.

BASW Cymru believes leaving the European Union without a deal could risk putting Wales and its most vulnerable people at risk, with regards to worrying reports of the possibility of food and medicine shortages.

A Welsh Government spokesperson in a letter to Welsh NHS suppliers, said:

 “The UK Government has recently written to its suppliers of medical devices and clinical consumables (MDCCs) updating them on their no-deal contingency programme. The letter informs them that the centralised stockpile of fast-moving MDCCs put in place in March will remain in place in readiness for 31st October, with some small adjustments being made to reflect changes in demand and the time of year. The UKG notes that this stockpile does not cover all product lines and, therefore, there will be a requirement for suppliers to implement their own preparedness arrangements, considering the balance between stockpiling and re-routing to achieve the most effective and robust mitigation plan in the context of the anticipated disruption at the short straits.”

“We will continue to engage with the UK Government and the other Devolved Administrations to ensure the continuity of supply of MDCCs for our patients. We will also be continuing to work with NHS Wales Shared Services, Health Boards and Trusts, and other partners to refine Wales’ no-deal contingency programme. As part of this programme, our additional stock arrangements for MDCCs in Wales remains in place, which gives additional robustness to our no deal contingency preparations.”

BASW Cymru National Director Allison Hulmes, said: “We have continued to work collaboratively with our health and social care partners and Welsh Government, to ensure our concerns are raised and that we’re as prepared as we are able to be, including ensuring that social workers have the knowledge, tools and capacity to cope with known and unknown demands.”

BASW Cymru is worried by the prorogation of Parliament in the lead up to our proposed exit from the European Union and the effects on democracy such a move could have.

A BASW UK spokesperson voiced the concerns of the wider organisation about the planned prorogation of parliament. A BASW UK spokesperson said: We would like to express serious concerns on the news that parliament will be suspended (prorogued) for an unprecedently long period of five weeks.”

“Proroguing parliament will undermine constitutional processes and will give MPs less time for essential debate on Brexit. Parliament should be given the time that is needed for democratic, fair and transparent consideration of Brexit options in the lead up to October 31st. The move to suspend parliament undermines our democracy and the rights of all citizens to have their interests represented in the House of Commons by MPs.”

 

Settled Status – Vulnerable Adults and Children

Discussions are taking place between Welsh Government, the Home Office and the Court of Protection around the complex issues involved in identifying vulnerable adults who may need support in applying for settled status.

Once these issues are understood, a ‘burden assessment’ will need to be undertaken to grasp what this will be mean for local authorities and social workers.

A ‘burden assessment’ is being undertaken in relation children, where a local authority is identified as corporate parent. This is a less complex issue than vulnerable adults, so the numbers of children involved and the potential impact on social workers should be more easily quantified.

Our understanding in BASW Cymru, is that practice guidance for social workers in supporting children to apply for settled status, will be developed.

We are liaising closely with Welsh Government and will keep our members up to date as things develop.

Preparing Wales

Read the latest information from the Welsh Government on how best to prepare for a no deal Brexit, suitable for sharing with colleagues and service users to help address any concerns they might have:

Useful links

The Welsh government and ADSS Cymru have set out useful information on what they are doing to promote the interests of Wales through Brexit.