Politics

Back to the Future: Eight new jobs which are intended to transform Cornwall Council

By Anne North Cornwall Council is about to hire an entire new team of contract managers, at a cost of more than £300,000, as part of its “Future Operating...

Cancellation of next week’s Cornwall Council meeting means democracy shut-down will have lasted 82 days before there can be any public scrutiny of Covid-19 response

By Graham Smith Next week’s scheduled meeting of Cornwall Council has been cancelled, despite the introduction of video-conferencing technology which allows councillors to talk to each other. The full...

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...

Covid-19: Cornwall singled out for special treatment, as government’s “recovery road map”suggests that restrictions could be lifted here before the rest of the country

By Graham Smith One of the more alarming messages in the government’s latest “road map” to post-Covid recovery is the suggestion that social distancing restrictions in Cornwall could be...

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...

County Hall offers interest-free loans to prop up Cornwall’s Business Improvement Districts

By Anne North Cornwall Council is to offer interest-free loans to towns which need support to recover from the Covid-19 crisis. Cornwall’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) will be offered loans of...

Another “new normal” – Truro to get a new mayor, thanks to an internet video link

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The city of Truro is thought to have had a mayor since 1477.  This evening local councillor Bert Biscoe will become the first to be elected...

Government finally asks Public Health Cornwall to help test for Covid-19 in care homes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s public health officials are to be put in charge of testing care home residents and staff for the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Care minister Helen Whately wrote...

“You’ve just had a pay rise, so stop complaining” council leader tells care workers

By Anne North Cornwall Council leader Julian German has dismissed criticism of the authority’s wholly-owned company Corserv over its refusal to hold pay talks with trade unions representing care...

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...

No cabinet reshuffle, so Tim Dwelly is County Hall’s new portfolio chief for Culture, Economy and Planning

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has now confirmed the news that Penzance councillor Tim Dwelly is its new cabinet member for culture, economic development and planning.  Mr Dwelly replaces...

Tim Dwelly is Cornwall Council’s new cabinet member, following “Cormac-gate” election

By Graham Smith Former Labour group leader Tim Dwelly is the new Cornwall Council cabinet member.  A formal announcement will be made on Monday. Mr Dwelly quit the Labour...

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...

Cornwall Council elections still on track for May next year, insists Julian German

By Graham Smith There are no plans to delay next year’s Cornwall Council elections, council leader Julian German told reporters yesterday (Thursday.) Mr German had been asked to comment...

Cornwall’s largest private hospital will remain available to cancer patients for duration of Covid-19 crisis – at a cost

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s NHS cancer patients will continue to have use of the privately-run Duchy hospital, Truro, until at least the end of June – even though the...

£10,000 cash handout for dairy farmers to offset impact of Covid-19

By Anne North Cornwall’s dairy farmers are to each get a £10,000 handout to help offset the impact of Covid-19. The Coronavirus lockdown has led to a sharp reduction...

No rush to resume the St Mewan by-election

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council chief executive Kate Kennally has no plans to hold a by-election to fill the vacant St Mewan division any time soon, she told reporters...

Housebuilders plan to resume work in Cornwall on Monday

By Peter Tremayne Barratt Developments is preparing to resume construction of its Chapel Gate housing project, Launceston, on Monday (11th May) in anticipation of the expected announcement, on Sunday,...

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...

Two cheers for a census tick box

By Richard Whitehouse Two of Cornwall’s MPs have failed in their bid to convince a Government minister provide a tick box on the next census so that people can...