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Helping Devolution happen

Devolution can take several forms, ranging from devolved local management arrangements, to the freehold transfer of a property or open space, through to full devolution of the responsibility for a service. We are working with many, and are keen to work with more, local bodies and groups to develop proposals which provide opportunities for local influence and involvement.  

You may feel that it is sensible to take on limited devolution first, and as your skills and confidence increase you may be keen to consider taking on more responsibility; we are happy to look at a staged approach. 

The Localism team has created a process flowchart which clearly sets out the four key stages of delivering a Devolution project. While each project is unique the diagram will help you to better understand the Council's approach to successfully delivering specific projects.

We have developed a series of checklists and guides to help local councils and community organisations better understand what might be needed to run a service safely and successfully.

We are also keen to open up development opportunities for local councils and community organisation and have worked with the Cornwall Training and Capacity Building Partnership to offer access to training, development and capacity building opportunities.

You may also be interested in viewing our additional information, resources and funding advice.

Our Localism team has attended a number of events and conferences to talk about Cornwall's devolution process and progress, to help other councils and areas of the country. View the presentations given at the events.

To be a success, devolution needs to start with a conversation. Initially, the best person to talk to is your local Councillor or Community Link Officer who will help to shape your ideas, liaise with the Localism team and importantly help you understand what is involved and the next steps.


Photo above shows Truro City Council, with Cornwall Councillors, Cabinet Member and officers at the transfer of Boscawen Park, Truro (April 2016)

Photo above shows: Redruth Town Council, with Cornwall Council Cabinet Member and Community Link Officer at the transfer of East End Playing Fields, Redruth (May 2016)