Case for Cornwall

Members of Cornwall Council have given their formal backing to the Case for Cornwall in a Full Council meeting on Tuesday 14 July. Members also gave approval to the Leader to agree and sign the Cornwall Devolution Deal with Government, which will be the first county devolution deal.

Presenting the Case for Cornwall, which was supported by Members, Leader John Pollard said Cornwall needed to have more local accountability, more local direction and more local democracy.

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The Case for Cornwall submission to Government sets out the increased powers and freedoms we want to secure from the Government to enable Cornwall to take greater control over its own affairs.  It sets out a range of proposals for devolved powers including transport, housing, energy, health and social care, heritage and planning. 

Over the past few months the Council has been in discussion with the Government to ensure that no time was wasted in moving from the Case for Cornwall to agreeing the first county Devolution Deal which was announced by the Prime Minister, David Cameron and signed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark at County Hall on 17 July.

The Prime Minister clarified that the Cornwall Devolution Deal was not the end of handing powers to Cornwall and that the Government would continue to listen to proposals put forward on devolving more powers in the future.

“This Devolution Deal is brilliant news for Cornwall” said Council Leader John Pollard.  “We were early in recognising the growing momentum of the national agenda for devolving powers from Westminster and, by creating a Case for Cornwall which was strong and realistic, we have had a positive response from the Government. 

“This is the first stage of a longer journey towards delivering the full Case for Cornwall.  We will now be working with partners to develop an integrated health and social care system, and deliver significant economic growth, with enhanced business support, greater access to employment and training opportunities, together with a much improved public transport network and more efficient use of public sector buildings.”

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our Case for Cornwall consultation events to hear about and discuss the Case for greater freedoms and powers for Cornwall. The Truro event was webcast live. We also have some 'Frequently Asked Questions' from all of the public meetings.

You can also view the Case for Cornwall presentation slides that were used at the public events.

Follow us on Twitter @caseforcornwall and use #standupforcornwall or the Case for Cornwall Facebook page

You can read about devolution within Cornwall to local councils, community groups and organisations in our What Devolution could mean for you and your community pages