Government 'accelerating no-deal Brexit preparations', charities told

An advisory email sent by the Office for Civil Society warns charities they should be prepared for every eventuality

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has issued a message rounding up government advice on Brexit for voluntary sector organisations.

The email, called "Office for Civil Society: Preparing for EU Exit" and sent to OCS subscribers, says the government is "accelerating no-deal preparations" and warns organisations to review their use of personal data in the event of a no-deal scenario.

"Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority," the email says. "However, the government is also accelerating no-deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality."

The message says a no-deal Brexit would affect how organisations "ensure flows of data continue".

It says: "In a no-deal scenario, the continued free flow of personal data between the EU and the UK is not automatic and the guidance sets out the actions UK organisations should take to enable the continued flow of personal data between the UK and the EU.

"We are keen to understand how prepared civil society organisations are for the implications on data protection in a no-deal scenario and what more government can do to support the sector.

The email says the government wants views from voluntary sector organisations on how a public information campaign about how people will be affected by Brexit could be made more "user-friendly for civil society stakeholders".

A short survey has been set up to enable people to share their views.

The message also says that in the event of the existing withdrawal agreement being put in place, UK-based organisations will be able to bid for EU funding until 2020.

It says that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government would guarantee funding for EU projects agreed before the UK’s departure.

The email also points charities to other sources of guidance on Brexit, including a factsheet published in October by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

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