BRC savages £16m Brexit training fund as ‘too little, too late’

Lorries at Dover

The British Retail Consortium has said the government’s pledge of £16m to help businesses – including retailers which export to the EU – train staff to make customs declarations is “too little, too late”.

The funds are being made available by HM Revenue & Customs, through PwC. Grants of up to £2,250 will go to businesses for staff training on filling in customs declarations after the Brexit deadline on October 31, to ensure that trading with the EU continues “as smoothly as possible”.

Businesses can also apply for grants for IT improvements to help “complete customs declarations more efficiently”.

Financial secretary to the treasury Jesse Norman said: “Brexit takes place on October 31 and we urge all businesses to make the necessary preparations to be fully ready. The government has doubled the support available, so that thousands more customs experts are on hand to help businesses after Brexit day.”

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