Those who are concerned about civil disturbance after Brexit need worry no longer. A maximum of three #ResilienceAdvisers (yes, really) are being sought by the #ResilienceandEmergenciesDivision (RED) of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).
The most recent statement I can find (2013) of RED’s responsibilities starts with Mass Fatalities Planning. It’s other duties sound less clear-cut, and seem to consist mainly of liaison with other bodies.
The new advisers are to provide “EU Exit Readiness and Response Support to Local Preparedness”. That is the exact wording, but what it means is anybody’s guess. The salary is £50,000 in London and just on £46000 elsewhere. Yet London is not among the fifteen locations listed.
“The new roles are for nine months (to June 2019), with the possibility of extension or permanency.” Yet the end of June is only eight months and eight days from the closing date!
RED’s purposes sound sensible: to help local communities to be ready for, respond to, and recover from civil emergencies. How the newly appointed officials will spend their time is less clear. If they are not already expert in dealing with civil emergencies they are going to need training, and in real emergencies their 37 hours work per week will be only a drop in the ocean.
It sounds as if their main functions will be to know what other bodies, like the police and fire service are doing, to liaise with one and all, and to report to Cabinet Office. If they are going to cover the whole country, except London, much of their time will be spent travelling.
What type of advice these Resilience Advisers are to give, and to whom, remains unclear. The interesting point is that MHCLG foresees that Brexit will produce the civil emergencies which RED is meant to alleviate.
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