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Cornwall Council Standing Up For Cornwall

Cornwall Council will stand up for residents by calling on the Government to give the region its fair share of funding and fulfil its promise of greater devolution.

Two of the Council’s most senior figures will represent Cornwall at the County Councils Network (CCN) conference to discuss the big issues facing local government.

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Council leader Julian German will attend the conference, which takes place on November 17-19, in Guildford, Surrey, having recently been named as one of the CCN’s 10 spokespeople, leading on rural issues.

Each spokesperson is allocated a specific policy area - from health and social care, to communities and the environment - to help deliver the CCN work business plan and work programme.

The conference will also feature a presentation by Cornwall Council Chief Executive Kate Kennally about how Cornwall - a strategic authority - is leading the way as the first and only fully rural authority to secure a Devolution Deal with the Government.

Council leader Julian German and Chief Executive Kate Kennally will attend this year's County Council Network conference. Credit: CCN

This year’s conference comes at a crucial time – with uncertainty created by the General Election and delays over Brexit, the Spending Review, business rate retention, and the long-awaited social care green paper.

It will address these topics, as well as looking ahead at the opportunities to unleash the potential of counties.

Councillor German said: “With the right funding and powers, councils like Cornwall can continue to improve local areas and residents’ lives, reduce demand for public services, and deliver value for money for the taxpayer.

“The next Government should be focused on harnessing the strengths of all areas, unleashing their potential – not just those with major cities. No one and nowhere should be left behind.

“We will continue to press the Government to ensure that Cornwall Council gets the funding that we need to protect and enhance services for our most vulnerable residents.”

Kate Kennally added: "I'm really excited to be presenting at this year's County Councils Network conference.

“I look forward to sharing Cornwall's devolution success story with delegates and leaders from across the country.

“Cornwall is proud of the progress that has been delivered in transport, housing, energy and tackling fuel poverty for the most vulnerable residents. This has all been delivered as a direct result of our ground-breaking devolution deal.

"I'm optimistic that Cornwall will continue to gain more powers, freedoms and flexibilities during 2020.”

Simon Edwards, director of the County Councils Network, said: “We are delighted to have Cornwall well represented at our conference, which aims to champion county and rural areas – and set out a clear pathway for how county authorities can do much more with the right powers and resources.

"As a valued member of the County Councils Network, we look forward to hearing from Kate on Cornwall Council’s devolution success story and how it has delivered for the county’s communities.

“I am sure Julian will be a superb advocate for rural issues on the network and I look forward to working with him.”

Story posted on 7 November 2019