BLACKBURN with Darwen Council is to get £210,000 from the government to prepare for Brexit.

Lancashire County Council will receive £175,000.

Its 12 district councils - including Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale - will each get £35,000.

The £40million nationwide is to help councils to adapt to the changes caused by Brexit, ensuring their local authority is prepared ahead of 29 March, and protect vital local services.

It is anticipated some of the money will to go towards recruiting extra staff to ensure councils have the capacity to provide timely and accurate information to residents who have questions on how Brexit will affect them

Cllr Andy Kay, Blackburn with Darwen Council's finance boss, said: "It is very kind of the government to give us this money.

"However we don't know what the impact of Brexit will be on the borough and whether this money will be adequate for the purpose."

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “It is only a matter of weeks until we finally leave the EU and it is right that preparations are stepped up. I welcome this extra help to allow our local councils to be ready for Brexit."