Cabinet agree plans to grow Cornish language and to invest in innovation

A plan to grow the use of the Cornish language has been unanimously approved by Cornwall Council’s cabinet committee at today's meeting (01 May 2019) at County Hall.

The plan aims to build on the work the council has already undertaken to make the language more visible across Cornwall on road signs and names, by increasing its use both in written and spoken forms.

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Today’s agenda also included a review of the council’s financial performance for 2018/19, and investment plans in research and innovation.

Introducing the Cornish language plan for 2019-2022, Councillor Bob Egerton, portfolio holder for planning and economy, explained how the authority’s focus will now be on developing the use of the language in both spoken and written form across Cornwall.

The council will also write to the Government calling for ministers to support a current bid for funding expansion of the Cornish language programme.

Councillor Egerton said: “We have to take these exciting opportunities to ensure that Cornish is not just a language with a past, but that it has a future as well.”

The cabinet approved the adoption of the plan unanimously.

The cabinet heard how the council is set to have underspent by £1.234 million for the past financial year. This surplus will now be placed in the General Fund Reserve for use on projects in the future.

Each portfolio holder spoke of their individual portfolio’s performance during 2018/19, and thanked staff for their efforts to meet budget within some very challenging circumstances, with special mention given to adult social care, which came in under budget for the first time since 2011/12.

Summing up the report, the council’s deputy leader, Julian German, welcomed the sound financial management, but warned the situation remains difficult for the council. He said: “We need more resources from the Government to be able to continue to deliver the services our residents so desperately need.”

The creation of 155 jobs in the research, development and innovation sector through the investment of £1.225m was also approved by the cabinet.

The money will be used to lever a further investment of £18.307m from partners, and will be used in four separate projects run by Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.

Cabinet members were shown a video highlighting the sort of advances investment in innovation can bring, where an app is helping people to live more independently in Cornwall.

Speaking after the meeting, council leader Adam Paynter said: “Today’s agenda summed up many of the authority’s priorities.

“We are focussed on helping protect and enhance our cultural heritage, while the the creation of a sustainable, self-sufficient Cornish economy remains one of our key goals.

“I was especially pleased to see the report on our performance for the past financial year, which demonstrates how our prudent financial management is ensuring we are able to keep providing the services our residents need, while keeping within our budget.”

 

Story posted 01 May 2019