Council is best placed to 'create a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall’

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Cornwall Council is ‘as well placed as any in the country to lead the recovery from the pandemic and in doing so, create a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall’, the Cabinet heard today.

The committee was discussing a report looking at the authority’s ‘Priorities for Cornwall’ which were set back in 2017 at the start of the current administration.

The meeting, held online due to the current Covid regulations, also discussed the ongoing transformation of adult social care in Cornwall.

The authority’s financial performance for 2021-2021 was also discussed, with the cabinet welcoming news that the authority looks set to end with a small underspend against budget for the current financial year.

The Priorities for Cornwall Performance report 2017-2021 looks at the five key priorities set at the start of the administration, which were:

  • Healthy Cornwall
  • Homes for Cornwall
  • Green and Prosperous Cornwall
  • Connecting Cornwall, and
  • Democratic Cornwall

Among the achievements highlighted within the report were the response to the Covid pandemic across the council, the delivery of affordable homes, the creation of an integrated public transport system, the creation of ‘Together for Families’, and the declaration of a climate emergency, and the subsequent work to tackle climate change in Cornwall.

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “We have worked hard in the last four years to put our residents first and deliver on what matters most to them, so it means a lot that resident surveys have shown improvement in levels of public satisfaction with the organisation since 2017.  

“It is particularly gratifying to see significant increases in three of the ‘success measures’ that are determined by residents, with the most recent survey showing the percentage of residents satisfied with ‘the way that the Council runs things’ now stands at 69%, compared with 46% four years ago.  

“The organisation has come a long way since 2017 and risen to the significant challenges of Covid-19 and climate change head on. There is no doubt in my mind that the Council is as well placed as any in the country to lead the recovery from the pandemic and in doing so, create a cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall.” 

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