To submit your views, please fill out the consultation questionnaire below by midnight on 17 February 2023 at the latest.
The Government and Cornwall Council have negotiated a proposed Devolution Deal (we will also refer to it as ‘the Deal’). If it is accepted, Government would give additional powers and funding to Cornwall Council. The Deal would give Cornwall Council more funding to invest in Cornwall’s future, and more control over the decision-making that affects Cornwall’s residents and businesses.
The Government has set an important condition: if Cornwall Council is to receive more powers and funding, it needs to change the way the Council is governed, from the current system of a Council Leader, elected by the 87 Cornwall Councillors every year, to a Mayor directly elected by the people of Cornwall every four years.
Before the Deal can come into effect, Cornwall Council will need to decide whether to accept the Deal and agree to change its governance model from a Leader and Cabinet model to an elected Mayor and Cabinet model. Those two decisions are ‘two sides of the same coin’. The Government have made it clear that the Council will not be able to secure the proposed Deal if it doesn’t change its governance model.
What are we consulting on?
We are consulting on a new proposed Devolution Deal that Cornwall Council has negotiated with Government . The powers and funding that the Deal brings are intended to help deliver on the priorities set out in the Cornwall Plan 2050. We are also consulting on the proposed governance changes which are a requirement of the Deal.
The results of this consultation will be considered by Cornwall Council before any decisions are made to approve the Deal including making the required change to the Council’s governance. The results will also be shared with Government who will consider the outcome of the consultation to determine if the statutory tests are met to pass the additional powers and funding to the Council.
How do I find out more?
In our Consultation Document we explain the key powers and funding the Deal would bring and the governance changes we would need to make to secure the Deal. Please read this document before completing the questionnaire.
You will also find links to more information about the Deal on this page.
Before you start:
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