Cabinet confirms that Cornwall Devolution Deal will not progress
Cabinet members have confirmed that the Council will not be accepting the proposed Level 3 Cornwall Devolution Deal that includes the requirement for a directly elected mayor.
However, even getting to the point of having negotiated a proposed Level 3 Deal has enabled the Council to secure and retain £7 million for affordable housing schemes, £3 million for seven heritage projects and a £1 million investment in Cornwall’s natural capital. Furthermore, the Government’s draft Media Bill, published last week, delivers on the Level 3 Deal proposal of including ‘Cornish’ in the list of recognised regional or minority languages.
The Council will instead pursue a Level 2 deal that seeks to retain as many of the elements of the Level 3 deal as possible, but the Government has made it clear that it will exclude the £360 million Cornwall Investment Fund and the £8.7 million to deliver affordable housing on brownfield land.
Speaking at today’s extraordinary Cabinet meeting, council leader Linda Taylor said: “As a Cabinet we have always believed that devolution of powers and investment from government is vital for the future prosperity of Cornwall. This is why we are so proud to have been asked last year to negotiate a further devolution deal with government.
“We held a ten-week consultation where we heard from thousands of residents, businesses and stakeholders from across Cornwall and have listened carefully to their views. Whilst there is considerable support for the proposed Level 3 Cornwall Devolution Deal, especially from our young people, businesses and strategic partners who have all seen the benefit for the future of Cornwall, there is also significant concern about the requirement to move to a directly elected mayor. In order to deliver on our commitment to the people of Cornwall that we will always listen, it is with the greatest regret that I and my Cabinet colleagues have agreed not to accept a deal that includes that requirement.
“This cannot be the end for devolution in Cornwall, indeed as a Cabinet, we remain committed to having more decisions about Cornwall being made locally.”
We have always believed that devolution of powers and investment from government is vital for the future prosperity of Cornwall.