A no-deal Brexit could result in an immediate rise in social care costs, according to leaked government documents.
With the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit growing increasingly probable, the documents, seen by The Times, outline what are expected to be the most likely outcomes as predicted by the Cabinet Office, as well as the contingency plans being put in place to deal with the potentially drastic consequences.
It is claimed that social care will be vulnerable to rising costs almost instantaneously, with smaller providers being impacted within two to three months of leaving and larger providers being hit after five to six months.
The documents, which had been compiled by the Cabinet Office this month under the codename Operation Yellowhammer, paint a picture of significant disruption across a number of key areas, stating that the country remains unprepared for the effects of no deal.
The file had been marked “official-sensitive” and had required security clearance on a “need to know” basis.
The outcomes predicted are those considered most likely be the government – meaning that the worst case scenario could in fact be even more disruptive.
As things stand, the UK will crash out of the European Union without a deal on October 31.