Politics

From posh nosh to foodbanks – the New Year Honours sprinkle magic over Cornwall

30th December 2017 By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s haul of New Year’s Honours includes both a celebrity chef and the founder of the Camborne food bank. The bigger gong goes...

Countdown to Cornwall’s “Kennally Care” as National Health Service approaches its end of days

30th December 2017 By Graham Smith Two of the six councillors tasked with recommending the future of Cornwall’s health service have said they have been reassured the controversial new...

Hospital car parking charges under scrutiny as data reveals the cost to patients and staff

29th December 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Royal Cornwall hospital made more than £278,000 from charging patients, visitors and staff to park in the last year, according to research...

Campaigners trying to stop council’s takeover of Cornwall’s NHS win first round of legal challenge

27th December 2017 By Graham Smith Campaigners trying to prevent so-called “Kennally Care” from taking over major commissioning decisions from the National Health Service in Cornwall have drawn first...

Survey finds Cornwall is still one of the worst places in Britain for homelessness and rough sleeping

27th December 2017 By Peter Tremayne Research by the Liberal Democrats has confirmed that Cornwall is still one of the worst places in Britain for tackling the problem of...

Falmouth by-election date set for 1st February

22nd December 2017 By Peter Tremayne Polling in the Cornwall Council by-election at Falmouth is to be on Thursday 1st February. The formal notice of poll is due to...

It’s up to you, government tells Cornwall, as councillors freed to increase local taxes

21st December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s council taxes could rise by a further 1% without referendum, as the government looks for ways to finance local services without subsidy...

Nothing sacred about 1st April deadline for launching Cornwall’s new health service, as Inquiry Panel members ask “what’s the rush?”

19th December 2017 By Graham Smith The notional deadline of 1st April for Cornwall to set up its own Accountable Care System to run the NHS could be moved...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s health revolution – Risk Assessment won’t be ready until February, just weeks before shadow ACS is launched

19th December 2017 By Graham Smith As health campaigners head for County Hall this morning (Tuesday) to lobby councillors ahead of their first Inquiry Panel meeting called to consider...

Soggy St Austell fails to draw a crowd, as budget roadshow limps towards the finish line

18th December 2017 By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s public consultation on proposed budget cuts of £75 million has just over a week to run, before ending on 29th December. ...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s Citizens Advice will live to fight another day as council leaders realise they don’t have enough votes to force through cuts

16th December 2017 By Anne North Cornwall’s Citizens Advice will not have to close seven of its nine offices next year, as Cornwall Council’s ruling Liberal Democrat-Independent administration wobbles...

EXCLUSIVE: Council signs the deal and takes charge of health, setting up “Kennally Care” before even the first question is asked

16th December 2017 By Graham Smith The deal is done and the contract signed Community hospitals at risk Cornwall’s healthcare to be re-branded No change to terms and conditions...

Cornwall councillors still in the dark about “Kennally Care” and plans for NHS takeover

15th December 2017 By Graham Smith The first of the “Inquiry Panel” hearings to look into Cornwall Council’s plans to take over the NHS is due to meet at...

“Accountable” Care comes out of the shadows and dances on the lawns of County Hall, as health chiefs prepare for shotgun wedding

14th December 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s NHS “charm offensive” in the battle for hearts and minds over who should run healthcare finally clicked into gear yesterday (Wednesday)...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems challenged over cut to Citizens’ Advice, as council launches “take-it-or-leave-it” online survey

13th December 2017 By Anne North Councillors have called for a proposed cut of 53% to the Citizens’ Advice budget to be scrapped and the full £356,000 grant re-instated....

Cornwall’s DIY health service: where is the Risk Assessment?

13th December 2017 By Graham Smith Cornwall Reports has filed an official Freedom of Information request in order to access Cornwall Council’s own initial assessment of the risks and...

Labour selects Jayne Kirkham as candidate for council by-election

13th December 2017 By Peter Tremayne The Labour Party has selected Jayne Kirham as its candidate for the forthcoming Cornwall Council by-election in Falmouth.  The by-election, in the Falmouth...

Cornwall Council blames central government for £400,000 cut to health visitors and school nursing

12th December 2017 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has blamed central government for the £400,000 cut to health visitors, equivalent to a 4% reduction in the service’s annual budget....

Cornwall Council taking over the NHS? It’s more of a partnership, says the Doctor leading the revolution

12th December 2017 By Graham Smith Details of Cornwall Council’s plans to take over the National Health Service are to be discussed for the first time in public next...

Citizens Advice launches petition in bid to stave off council’s 53% cut

12th December 2017 By Anne North An online petition has been launched to stop Cornwall Council cutting its grant to Citizens Advice by more than half. The charity says...