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What we do and how we work

Cornwall Council is a unitary authority created on 1st April 2009. We merged Cornwall County Council with the six Borough and District Councils of Cornwall - Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall, Restormel and Penwith.

The Council has a revenue budget of over £1bn, with 87 local Councillors representing the 550,000 residents of Cornwall, delivering services to every community across the County.

Our mission; Working with communities for a carbon neutral Cornwall, where everyone can start well, live well and age well.

Underpinning the mission are four priority outcomes.  Each outcome has an Outcome delivery plan which sets out how we are going to deliver.

  • A brilliant place to grow up
  • A thriving, sustainable Cornwall
  • Vibrant, safe, supportive communities
  • Supported by an empowering and enterprising Council

The Council has a workforce of around 5,000 and is the biggest employer in Cornwall. The Chief Executive and Strategic Directors form the Council's management team.

Council staff and services are based in offices, depots and facilities across Cornwall. Advice and information about Council services are available through our Information Service (One Stop Shops), call centre and website.

In addition, Cornwall Council has a diverse group of wholly owned companies providing:

  • infrastructure
  • engineering
  • housing
  • jobs
  • social care
  • facilities management
  • inward investment
  • transport

and other essential services to Cornwall.

Corserv Group includes:

  • Cormac Solutions
  • Cornwall Airport Newquay
  • Cornwall Housing
  • Corserv Care
  • Corserv Facilities 
  • Jobline Staffing
  • Talent Tide 
  • Corserv's Notter Bridge

Having a single Council gives Cornwall a strong and united voice when dealing with national government, regional agencies and partner organisations. This has meant that Cornwall was the first rural authority to agree a Devolution Deal with the Government. The Cornwall Devolution Deal outlines the powers that are devolved to Cornwall for transport, energy, health and social care, and heritage.

Yet, it does not mean that it's a case of "one size fits all". Different towns and villages in Cornwall have different priorities. We respond to those local needs through 19 community network areas.

With a competitive employee reward package that attracts, retains and motivates our employees, open plan working environment in most offices, and a can-do culture where talented people thrive, Cornwall Council is a great place to work. And, with its beautiful beaches, stunning countryside and superb community spirit, it is also a great place to live.

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