Proposed by: Councillor Joe Boyle
Seconded by: Councillor Ashley Wood
This Council notes that:
· 60% of Cardiff residents voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, the highest remain vote share in the whole of Wales;
· 61% of Cardiff exports go to EU countries, placing Cardiff in the top five British cities most reliant on EU markets;
· Cardiff has plans for the construction of 40,000 new houses at a time when the UK construction industry is dependent on EU nationals for 8% of its workforce;
· Since 2014 Cardiff Council has supported 26 foreign direct investment projects by companies from 12 countries, 7 of which were EU Member States, leading to the creation and safeguarding of 3,958 local jobs;
· Work undertaken last year by the Centre for Cities estimated that a ‘soft’ Brexit would reduce Cardiff’s Gross Value Added (GVA) by 1.3%, whilst a ‘hard’ Brexit would reduce GVA by 2.5% and by as much as 2.73% in Cardiff;
· Almost 3,000 students in the city region are from the EU, nearly 4% of the total student population;
· Cardiff Council applied successfully in 2016 for around €1.7m in funding from the Erasmus+ programme for eight projects involving consortia of schools across Wales;
· In 2017, Cardiff Council coordinated Erasmus+ programmes that secured €8.6m for projects across Wales;
· For Cardiff University alone, securing future access to the successor to Horizon 2020 could safeguard research income in excess of £10 million per annum and support world-leading centres such as the Cardiff University Brain Imaging Centre;
· A 2018 Department of Health report says that EEA staff make up 7% (90,000) of the adult social care workforce. That number grew by 32,000 (more than 50%) between 2012-13 and 2016-17;
· EEA workers also account for 15% of dentists, 9.1% of doctors and 5.5% of nurses and midwives. The number of EEA nurses and midwives on the register more than doubled between 2013 and 2017, from 16,798 to 38,024;
· The latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show the number of new nurses coming from the EU to work in the UK has dropped by 87% from 6,382 in 2016/17 to 805 in 2017/18 while the inflow of nurses from non-EU countries has not increased enough to compensate for the drop.
· Elected Members must have the chance to influence national policy when that policy is certain to affect the city they represent.
This Council resolves that
The Council explores which obligations the UK Government has to provide Cardiff Council with government departmental information and analysis, even if deemed confidential, about the impact the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union would have on Cardiff’s communities and businesses.