Politics

County Hall will have to wait for a deputy Chief Executive

29th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has shelved plans to appoint a deputy Chief Executive, following a chaotic restructure of the agenda for a meeting next week....

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council chief executive Kate Kennally to get a deputy

28th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is preparing to create a new post of “Deputy Chief Executive” as part of a top-team shake-up designed to “provide additional...

County Hall’s political group leaders – some are much more expensive than others

28th September 2018 By Peter Tremayne The leaders of political groups on Cornwall Council have submitted widely differing claims for travel, even though all of them are outside of...

Cornwall Council wants to cut another £98 million by 2023

28th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration is aiming to slash a further £98 million from its budget by 2022/23.  Although today's announcement makes...

There Is No Alternative, as County Hall tells its politicians they really don’t matter at all

28th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s bureaucrats appear to have finally declared victory in their long-running war with elected councillors – and are set to remove “political...

Cornwall Council leader charged taxpayers £9,240 for driving his electric car to work

27th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter costs taxpayers nearly £50,000 a year, according to the latest return of members’ allowances and expenses. All 123...

William, Earl of Dartmouth, and a South West Euro MP, quits UKIP over party’s “lurch to the Right”

26th September 2018 By Graham Smith One of the South West’s Euro MPs has resigned from UKIP, claiming the party has become "widely perceived as both homophobic and anti-Islamic."...

The question of who runs Cornwall and Dorset police forces starts to look less like a merger, and more like a hostile takeover

26th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North Controversial plans to bring about Britain’s first merger of police forces in the modern era, by creating a Cornwall, Devon...

More than 30,000 children in Cornwall in poverty, as council comes close to bottom of national spending league

26th September 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North The number of children in poverty in Cornwall has risen sharply.  New figures show that the demand on children’s social...

Cornwall’s vision of the future for children’s services – back to the Poor Laws, as means-testing creeps on to the agenda

25th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is considering the introduction of means-testing its children’s services, forcing families to explain why they cannot pay for help from the...

Cornwall Labour Party enjoying the limelight in Liverpool

24th September 2018 By Graham Smith Labour Party members from Cornwall have staged their own impromptu rally at their national conference in Liverpool. More than 40 activists from Cornwall...

Make sure your council tax hike doesn’t hurt “genuine” holiday homes, Andrew George tells Labour

24th September 2018 By Anne North The St Ives Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Andrew George has challenged the Labour Party to work with him if it wants its proposed...

Labour plans to double council tax on second homes

23rd September 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Labour Party activists in Cornwall have reacted with glee to news that a Labour government would double council tax on second homes. Tax...

Planning chief Phil Mason confirmed as County Hall’s new Strategic Director for Economic Growth

20th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council's chief planning officer, Phil Mason, was yesterday (Wednesday) confirmed as the authority's new Strategic Director for Economic Growth and Development, replacing...

“Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job” – the idea of a Cornwall Labour Party grabs the limelight as activists head for Liverpool

17th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Next week’s Labour Party conference is due to see what is thought to be the first-ever attempt to create a formal Cornwall Labour...

Cath Robinson confirmed in the top job at Corserv

16th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cath Robinson has been confirmed as the permanent group managing director of Corserv, the group of companies wholly-owned by Cornwall Council, following a...

EXCLUSIVE: How Whitehall has been secretly pulling the strings that have closed Cornwall’s hospitals

16th September 2018 By Graham Smith Plans to close Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units and sell some community hospitals have been developed by a little-known company, owned by the Department...

Is the glass half-full or two-thirds empty? Cornwall Council marks its own homework, and scores C-minus

14th September By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s overall performance is failing to meet more than 40% of its targets, according to a yardstick set by the ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council grants more than £400,000 in tax breaks to private schools

14th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is awarding business rates’ relief worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to private schools.  All eight private schools in Cornwall are...

Labour calls for inquiry into Cornwall-based Multi-Academy Trust

13th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Labour Party is calling for an “urgent and independent inquiry” into how multi-academy trusts are regulated, following Monday’s BBC Panorama investigation into...