Government has asked all providers to ensure their plans for a no-deal exit from the EU are not enacted, as an extension is granted.
In its latest letter to adult social care providers, the Department of Health and Social Care has requested that the sector make plans so that any preparations or provisions already made for a no-deal exit will not come into effect before we leave the EU.
The letter, from Jonathon Marron, Director General of Community and Social Care, states, 'As you will have seen, the Government has agreed with the EU a further extension of the Article 50 period to 31 October 2019.
'If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both sides before that date the UK will leave [the] EU earlier but in that case it would leave with a deal.
'You should immediately make all necessary changes to your plans to stop no deal provisions being enacted on 12 April.'
The letter goes on to confirm that there is still a risk of a no-deal exit if we do not leave the EU with a deal by 31st October. It says, 'We will need to consider how best to prepare for this scenario and the impact on no deal preparations. We will work closely with our partners and stakeholders, including the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, the Local Government Association, the Care Provider Alliance, and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, to review the position carefully before sharing further guidance at the earliest opportunity.'
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