Author: Julia Penhaligon

County Hall gets ready to splash the cash – details of Covid-19 financial support for Cornwall’s small businesses

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is today (Friday) publishing details of how it will distribute more than £13 million in Covid-19 government aid to small businesses. The cash is...

Keir Starmer starts his virtual tour of Britain with an online video chat with Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon History tells us that it can take a little while for a new leader of the Labour Party to visit Cornwall, at least...

Should children go back to school on 1st June? It’s nothing to do with us, says Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon With less than two weeks to go before the government’s “back to school” deadline, parents and teachers in Cornwall still have no idea if classrooms will...

Five out of six of Cornwall’s MPs voted to exclude “unskilled” migrant workers, putting agriculture and care sectors at risk

By Julia Penhaligon Five of Cornwall’s six MPs have voted to end freedom of movement, replacing it with a points-based immigration system which risks excluding many of the agricultural...

County Hall keen to avoid setting clear targets for Covid-19 testing in care homes

By Julia Penhaligon It could be months before Cornwall Council has fully embraced its new responsibility for testing residents and staff in care homes for Covid-19. Public Health Cornwall...

The council chamber stays empty, but politics returns as County Hall wrestles with Whitehall’s road map to Covid-19 recovery

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council leader Julian German has clashed with his Conservative opposition by criticising the government’s “road map” to Covid-19 recovery. Mr German has told councillors that...

Care workers at “significant risk” of Covid-19 death, according to the Office for National Statistics

By Julia Penhaligon New data analysed by the Office for National Statistics has found disturbing evidence of high death rates among care workers, due to Covid-19. Care workers have...

Government’s new “Stay Alert” message is completely clear, says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s new “Stay Alert” message in relation to the Covid-19 Coronavirus has been defended by St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, who insists it...

Careless talk costs lives – as the government’s Covid-19 message becomes increasingly confused, a former Cornwall Council spin doctor spills the beans

By Julia Penhaligon Long queues are expected at some of Cornwall’s garden centres tomorrow (Monday) when the government lifts some of its Covid-19 social distancing restrictions. While most measures...

Cornwall Council’s new cabinet member could be known by Monday

By Julia Penhaligon Nominations close this weekend for a new Cornwall Council cabinet member to replace Bob Egerton, who resigned last month in protest as what he called the...

Give Cornwall a say in how the lockdown is lifted, says Green Party

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Green Party has called for greater local involvement in deciding how the government should ease its social distancing lockdown measures, amid growing local frustration at...

Re-open Cornwall’s household waste tips? We’ll do it dreckly, says council

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s response to the reopening of waste disposal tips has again highlighted local variations within the government’s social distancing lockdown. Household Waste Recycling...

EXCLUSIVE: Your money or your life? Cornwall’s tourism industry eyes 26th May as the date for welcoming back holidaymakers, despite widespread public opposition

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s tourism industry is preparing to welcome back thousands of holidaymakers, despite fears that they could bring a new wave of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Some of...

We can do more than just clap, says Cornwall councillor, urging practical support for health and care workers

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council should offer health and care workers a year’s free car parking, as a gesture to show how much they appreciated, according to Gulval and...

Testing for Covid-19: when the government says “everywhere” it doesn’t necessarily mean Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Residents and staff in Cornwall’s care homes are concerned that despite the media obsession with whether or not the government has achieved its 100,000-a-day target, there...

Shipping containers to be used as “temporary” housing in Cornwall during Covid-19 crisis

By Julia Penhaligon People in Cornwall are to be housed in shipping containers if they need emergency accommodation during the Covid-19 crisis.  The first will be seen on council-owned...

Another rise in Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon A further three Covid-19 deaths have been reported in Cornwall’s hospitals in the past 24 hours, two at the Royal Cornwall, Truro, and one at Helston...

Two more Covid-19 deaths at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro

By Julia Penhaligon Two more patients have died of Covid-19 at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, bringing the total there to 49.  Nineteen have died at the Helston community...

Cornwall’s towns in economic meltdown as Covid-19 keeps shoppers at home, according to new research

By Julia Penhaligon Penzance, Falmouth, Redruth, Truro and Wadebridge are among the towns whose economies have been worst hit by the Covid-19 crisis, according to new research. Penzance is...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s rate of confirmed new cases appears to have peaked

By Julia Penhaligon The NHS yesterday (Tuesday) confirmed 10 more cases of Covid-19 in Cornwall, bringing the total to 410 – an increase of only 2.5% over the previous...