The Council's vision for localism and devolution

Introduction to the Council's Localism Strategy by Mark Read, Head of Customers and Communities and Jeremy Rowe, Cabinet Member for Localism

We introduced our 2015-2019 Localism Strategy, which set out how the Council would take forward its commitment to the principles of localism.

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We believe that by Members and staff working more closely with local councils and community groups, our own organisation and statutory partners have developed a stronger understanding of, and empathy with, the areas we serve. We also demonstrate that we listen and react to the needs of local communities.

The principles of localism and devolution are cornerstones of the Council Strategy and Council Plan. The Communities and Devolution team are crucial to refining these principles and reshaping Cornwall Council to deliver them. Other Council services, Members, Community Network Panels, partners and local communities have an important role to play too.

Jeremy Rowe outlined the Council's fresh approach to Localism in April 2015.
Read and download the full document Localism and Devolution – A fresh approach

Our work since then has built on our Cornwall wide framework of 19 well established community networks and good working relationships with statutory partners, the local council sector, made up of City, Town and Parish Councils, and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Devolution of local services is a priority in the Council's 2015/19 four year budget in order to meet the vast financial challenges the organisation faces over the coming years. More than that, it also provides our local communities with the opportunity to shape their areas, support local jobs, make the improvements that sometimes only local knowledge can provide and respond to the local demand.