Politics

Should Cornwall councillors get a 33% pay rise after 2021?

25th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane There could be a case for increasing Cornwall councillor allowances after the 2021 elections, rather than simply pocketing the cash...

EXCLUSIVE: Julian German prepares to take over the Cornwall Council hot seat with a $5,000 “leadership” training course in the USA

24th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is sending councillor Julian German on a $5,000 training course in America to prepare him for taking over as leader next...

Silence is golden – Cornwall Council paid ex-staff £260,000 to keep quiet

23rd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council spent more than £260,000 on “gagging clauses” for employees leaving the authority. It has also been revealed that the council has...

EXCLUSIVE: Exit Cormac Contracting Ltd, as County Hall supports £150,000 tax-dodge

22nd October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Kate Kennally, has approved the handover of Cormac Contracting Ltd (CCL) to the council’s Corserv group of companies. CCL...

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...

Political change is still possible, says County Hall – but is unlikely before 2021 council elections

17th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has insisted that its removal of “political change” from its register of risks is no reflection on its commitment to democracy....

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...

Now is not the time to scrap Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, say County Hall officials

16th October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of planning applications determined by elected councillors in Cornwall is at an all-time low, according to an official report.  Yet officials...

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 –...

Cornwall Council cabinet member takes the flak for blunder over “proposed” car parking charges

15th October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse A Cornwall Council cabinet member has been blamed for an official report which suggested a huge increase in car parking...

Lib Dems win two town council by-elections, as postal voters demonstrate their worth

14th October 2018 By Anne North The Liberal Democrats won the Penzance Town Council by-election on Thursday night in a contest which confirmed the growing importance of party organisation...

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...

Cornwall Council learns the price of everything, but questions of value remain open to political judgement

8th October 2018 By Anne North The transfer of schools out of local authority control to become academies cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers more than £90 million last year, according...

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...

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...

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...

Police documents reveal “no need to ask Cornwall” as merger approaches crunch meeting

2nd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Police trying to encourage people to support a merger between Devon and Cornwall Police with Dorset Police carried out far less consultation in...

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....