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Council vows to put residents first as Covid-19 cases rise nationally

Putting the health of residents first and standing up for Cornwall’s businesses at a time when Government considers new public health measures to tackle a rise in Covid-19 cases was highlighted when Cornwall Council met today.

The full council meeting, held virtually, was addressed by council leader Julian German on the challenge facing Cornwall in the weeks and months ahead.

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Cllr German told his fellow councillors: “Our businesses are already suffering from the economic impacts of the virus. I have yet to receive a reply from the Chancellor regarding Cornwall's call for the unspent business rates grant money to be released to help those businesses that have said they need it through the discretionary business grant process.

“I will therefore write to the Prime Minister this week, making the case again to Government.

“No one understands business needs in Cornwall as well as those of us who live and work here, and we should be allowed to distribute that money to the people who need it most.

“We need to help these businesses and to protect the people they employ. As the furlough scheme draws to an end, this money, that we continue hold, waiting for the government to say we can release it, could provide vital support for Cornwall’s businesses. 

“The next few weeks are crucial for us to do everything we can to minimise a second wave of infections. I want to ask everyone to do their bit to help.

“As we move onto the autumn, please continue to follow the key public health rules which are the only certain ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus: wear a mask as appropriate, keeping social distancing and wash your hands.”

Other issues debated at the meeting included the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system, the appointment of a section 151 officer, and the arrangements for meetings ahead of next year’s local elections in May.

You will be able to rewatch today’s meeting via the council’s website by following the below link:  https://democracy.cornwall.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=584&MId=9693&Ver=4