Author: theboss

“We’ll be fine,” says Children’s Services chief, after losing her A-Team

19th October 2018 By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council cabinet member responsible for Children’s Services has moved to reassure the county’s social workers, in the wake of yesterday’s news...

Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s social workers are reeling this morning (Thursday) from news that their leadership team at County Hall is to leave. The three most...

Falmouth University bosses set up their own private company to handle human resources

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith The bosses of Falmouth University have set up their own private company to hire and fire staff. Vice Chancellor Anne Carlisle and chair...

St Austell & Newquay MP calls for seasonal workers’ scheme for tourism sector, after Brexit

17th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double today (Wednesday) asked the Prime Minister to consider a seasonal workers' scheme for the tourist and...

Cornwall “should keep its office in Brussels until 2022,” regardless of Brexit talks

16th October 2018 By Anne North Cornwall Council should keep its Brussels office until at least 2022, the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Leadership Board heard on Friday. Members...

Council promises “full consultation” over any changes to car parking fees

15th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is fighting a rear guard action against its own members who are still bruised by last week’s car parking headlines –...

Branson delays his satellite rocket, adding another two weeks of doubt to Newquay’s spaceport uncertainty

12th October 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson has postponed the first test launch of his Virgin Orbit satellite delivery rocket.  The air-launched system was due to have been...

That’s the way the money goes – “back office” cushioned as Cornwall Council prepares for another assault on the frontline

11th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s planned budget for next year includes a near doubling of its annual spend on spin and persuasion – from £1.251 million...

China Clay area voices dissent over the new map of Cornwall’s health service

10th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse People living in the China Clay areas in Cornwall have called on health bosses to rethink medical centre plans as they said they...

Formal complaint over ambulance delay

10th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse An elderly woman who fell over and injured herself at a residential home had to wait more than six hours for an ambulance....

The final countdown to hospital closures reveals council’s weakness as a guardian of local services

10th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s health chiefs have outlined the timetable which they are confident will confirm the permanent closure of three community hospitals, with the total...

Cornwall Council official spent £2.5 million without approval

9th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have called for better controls after a senior director was able to sign off spending of £2.5million without getting approval. The...

Health and Social Care: Cornwall doesn’t need an ‘Integrated Care Provider’

Submission to NHS England’s consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers by Dr Peter Levin, formerly of the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political...

The Kennally Care project to restructure Cornwall’s health service approaches a “gateway” – with lawyers and politicians in close attendance

8th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health and social care chiefs are preparing to pass through the first of their self-defined “gateways” to embrace a radical restructure of...

Merger of police forces collapses amid “political” recriminations

7th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne The proposed merger between Devon & Cornwall Police, and the Dorset Constabulary, is off. The idea collapsed on Friday when the Devon &...

EXCLUSIVE – how County Hall has been underspending, and simply stashed the cash, while looking for fresh targets to cut

4th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has stashed away millions of pounds in recent years through a policy of under-spending. Some of the cash had originally been...

Cornwall’s children’s services to stay at County Hall, as officials out-fox Tories over outsourcing

4th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Tory councillors were left fuming yesterday (Wednesday) when a key scrutiny committee decided, on the casting vote of its chair, to keep...

Revealed – the new health map of Cornwall, showing the winners and losers of the Shaping Our Future jigsaw

3rd October 2018 By Graham Smith The location of Cornwall’s new Urgent Treatment Centres – designed to offer high-tech medical facilities and relieve pressure on the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s...

Police merger “would save £70 million” – but Devon & Cornwall PCC rejects business case, as talks reach crisis point

3rd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The business case for merging Devon and Cornwall Police with Dorset Police claims that it could save £70 million. Plans to merge the...

Conservative Party expels South West Euro MP Julie Girling

3rd October 2018 By Kate Wilson A south west European Member of Parliament has been expelled from the Conservative Party over her stance on Brexit talks. Julie Girling, who...