Harrow Council has set aside almost £100,000 to help prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

A council cabinet report outlined where the money will be spent, with much of it involving the situation of ‘settled status’ for EU nationals.

Settled status is a government scheme that can give EU citizens – and those from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland – who are living and working in Britain the same rights as UK citizens.

They will have to prove how long they have lived in the country and provide various forms of identification.

A fee of £30,000 will be spent on a policy officer to carry out "engagement work" with the community, while communicating the overall impact of Brexit will cost another £10,000.

Administration fees to help document the nationality of as many council staff as possible will cost £5,000, while support for Harrow's legal centre and citizens' advice bureau is covered by an additional £51,000.

Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said it was important to support all Harrow residents and make sure the borough is prepared for every eventuality surrounding Brexit.

“We don’t know what the Government is going to do, but we can’t let that stop us from preparing for no deal,” he said.

“A lot of work has been undertaken at Harrow Council and we will continue to do so.”

He added that, from a council perspective, it is important to find out as much as possible about the council’s workforce so it can support them going forward.

Currently there are 343 members of council staff who will need to apply for settled status, while it does not hold nationality data on a further 685 staff.

Cllr Henson also reminded the Government that leaving without a deal is likely to lead to protests across London, which will impact on the borough’s police force.

Harrow has received £210,000 from the Government to help prepare for Brexit, with more support anticipated.

However, most Government funding is likely to go to areas that will experience the most impact such as Kent.