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Preparing for a ‘no deal’ Brexit and Government guidance on handling EU data

With the 31 October Brexit deadline fast approaching, we have gathered some resources shared with us by The FSI and a survey looking at the voluntary sector's capacity to support Europeans and their families stay in the UK post Brexit. 

Preparing for a ‘no-deal Brexit’

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) has shared resources looking at Brexit challenges and tips on engaging the new government. The FSI is recommending that organisations use GOV.UK’s Triage Tool. 

The Triage tool can help identify:

  • What your organisation may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU 
  • What’s changing in our sector  
  • Information on specific rules and regulations 

Further information can be found here from the government on what civil society organisations can do to prepare for the 31 October deadline. 

Government guidance on handling EU data

The FSI also drew attention to advice received from the Data Protection team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), warning that the European Commission may not have made adequate decisions at the point of exit regarding the use of European data by UK organisations. This means that in order to continue the legal transfer of personal data from the EEA to the UK, alternative transfer mechanisms will need to be in place. 

If your organisation receives personal data from partners or suppliers in the EU or EEA countries you must act now to ensure you can still do so legally after Brexit. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone – this could include a volunteer or donor's name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff information and payroll details. You may need to add a new clause into your supplier contracts to continue to receive personal data legally after Brexit. 

  • Please see government guidance here for more information. 
  • You can find the link here to the ICO for their main page on Brexit resources. 

Survey for the voluntary and community sector

To monitor how the sector is preparing for Brexit, New Europeans is asking for our feedback.

New Europeans is a civil rights organisation which champions freedom of movement, non-discrimination and the principle of solidarity in Europe. They are surveying London's voluntary and community sector to find out where the gaps are in terms of understanding, practical support and capacity. They are looking into how prepared the voluntary and community sector is to support Europeans and their family members to stay in the UK post-Brexit. 

Please find the survey here.

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