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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: Unitary Authority + Reply with quote

Thats about the sum of it. The Lib Dem MP's are pushing for a unitary authority but with a selection of extra powers tailored to the Duchy.

Why is MK dead against this? Because they say it will be a block to proper devolution and that the government will not give us extra toppings to the unitary pizza either. Could it be that MK is defending its councillors on the district councils as well, these being abolished if the unitary authority passes.

Read all about it here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2007-04-18a.139.0&s=cornish#g141.0

MK response to the unitary bid: http://www.mebyonkernow.org/Public/Stories/258-1.shtml

Do the CSP and others have a view on this issue?
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cllr Dick Cole wrote:
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“It would not be a Cornish Assembly or anything close to it. It would exist beneath the unelected and unaccountable Regional Assembly, the Regional Development Agency and a whole host of SW-based quangos, over which we have no democratic control.

That seems a good reply, if this unitary authority is formed then the LibDems will drop any support they had for an Assembly and it will fade from the public eye.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never trust these Lib Dems again, always vote MK, that's the message we have to get out to the whole population of Kernow.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penwith District Council To Seize The Initiative & Call For 'Unitary Authority' Judicial Revue - August 29th 2007?(See Paras 7-8 ).

Will MK & Andrew George participate and get the Proper Cornish Assembly on the negotiating table where it belongs?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:38 pm    Post subject: Cornish Assembly Reply with quote

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Will MK & Andrew George participate and get the Proper Cornish Assembly on the negotiating table where it belongs?


With the unitary authority secured, now for the roadmap to the Cornish Assembly.

Council Leader Whalley to speak at an Assembly campaign meeting. The title of his speech is: ‘With the unitary authority secured, now for the roadmap to the Cornish Assembly!' The meeting will occur at Truro Town Hall (upstairs, over the Tourist Info Centre in Boscawen Street) on Saturday 1st December at 11am.

David Whalley, Leader of Cornwall Council, will speak at the Annual Meeting of the Cornish Constitutional Convention, which leads the campaign for a Cornish Assembly.

As local authorities prepare to merge into a unitary authority so campaigners are looking forward. The Cornwall Council bid to the Government said:

The creation of a single council for Cornwall will be a significant step towards meeting our aspiration for a more radical and ambitious model of governance, with closer integration of all public services at strategic and local level; a shift from a model of local government to one of local governance.

‘A new authority for Cornwall will seek to explore with its partners the negotiation of a new agreement with central government, one that sets out a clear vision and takes advantage of opportunities for the strategic coordination of public sector activity. The agreement will outline the case for the devolution of powers from central and regional government.’

‘Cornwall has all the attributes of a dispersed city (or ‘poly-centric’ region). We believe unification (of local authorities), and the increased capacity this will bring, is an essential prerequisite.’

One Cornwall, One Council (Part 1)2007
The forward-looking ambition of the Cornish bid for a unitary authority strongly reflects the case developed by the Cornish Constitutional Convention. In his speech, as work on the new authority gets under way, Mr Whalley will be looking ahead, and calling for cooperation to achieve the transformation in governance with a Cornish Assembly.

Convention chair, Bert Biscoe, said:
‘We are very glad that David Whalley will be speaking at our annual meeting. New and exciting developments are only ever achieved through partnership. We were glad to see such strong statements included in the unitary bid documents. The Convention has worked hard to establish a creative and positive framework for moving towards a Cornish Assembly. We know that the Government is willing to see new ideas tried in Cornwall, and the Unitary bid, which has been approved, made no secret of our ambitions. This is a moment for letting the new organisation take shape, and ensuring that the ambition and the positive relationships both within Cornwall and with the government are maintained and developed.’

Contact: Bert Biscoe 01872 242293 bertbiscoe@btinternet.com


http://www.cornwall24.co.uk/Article864.htm


As work on the new super-council gets under way Mr Whalley will be looking ahead and calling for co-operation.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk 28 November 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:42 pm    Post subject: Cornish Assembly Reply with quote

CORNISH CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

Council Leader Whalley hints at new partnership and new role for Convention. “There is something inevitable about the journey to a Cornish Assembly”

Cornwall county Council Leader, David Whalley, spoke at the annual conference of the Cornish Constitutional Convention, held in Truro on Saturday 1st December.

In a lengthy and wide-ranging speech Mr Whalley spelled out the role played by the Convention in articulating Cornwall’s ambitions for the future. He also said that there is an opportunity to forge new partnerships in Cornwall to respond to signals from the government it that it would be interested in radical, positive change.

David Whalley said:

“We are at the beginning of a process, and we have a strategy to achieve our long term ambition to ensure that decisions about Cornwall, which affect Cornwall and shape Cornwall, are made in Cornwall. The Government is beginning to see the light. It is aware that it is too centralised and that change is essential. The government sees Cornwall as a place which can be a test-bed for new ideas and new thinking. We need to persuade the Government that we are not only ambitious but also capable – we need to prove we can do the job.

Just as we are looking for devolution from the Government, so we are preparing to devolve powers and functions to the local level. Devolution is a principle and we are committed to achieving it.

In the medium term, we are looking to completely realign the public sector in Cornwall, and to roll back boundaries between different institutions. The unitary council is one step along the way. We have a long-term strategy. There is something inevitable about the journey to a Cornish Assembly. We see things happening around us – the dissolution of the regional assembly, changes in the way the RDA engages with sub-regions. It is important to note that Cornwall is the only ‘county’ area to be designated a ‘sub-region’. We are moving forward in creating a Cornish Development Agency. We are confident that strategic planning powers will come back to us after the regional assembly goes.

These are signals which we need to convert.

In the longer term we need to respond to the signal from Government that we should not wait to be told what to do – we should prepare to present new proposals. The Convention has been very influential in shaping thinking in Cornwall, and in shaping the perceptions of ministers and senior civil servants. How will the Convention respond to the new situation which it has contributed to creating? Will it change, and become even more involved in shaping Cornwall’s future?”

Also present was Blair Thomson, Chair of the Cornwall Strategic Partnership. He agreed that, as work gets under way on forming the unitary authority, more and more people within the process are asking: ‘Why don’t we go the whole hog, and form a single organisation to run all Cornwall’s public services’.

David Whalley said that he thought that by 2009 public services would be ready to move towards a more cohesive approach, and that by 2013 we would be ready to move forward in negotiating a new agreement with Minister about the evolution of future governance in Cornwall.

He concluded, in answer to a question by veteran county councillor, Alistair Quinnell, by saying:
“Without the Cornish Constitutional convention, the future ambition for evolving the governance of Cornwall would not have been articulated. It is a shared ambition.”

Re –elected Convention chairman, Bert Biscoe, said:

“It’s been good to hear what David Whalley thinks, and to hear that we have influenced his thinking. I hope that we may be able to discuss changes in the way the Convention might contribute to the evolution of future policy as we build the vital consensus which we need to achieve the best possible governance for tomorrow’s Cornwall.”


Contact: Bert Biscoe 01872 242293 bertbiscoe@btinternet.com
3 Lower Rosewin Row, Truro TR1 1EN


http://www.cornwall24.co.uk/Article872.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On 29th Oct 2007 Lib Dem MP Andrew George stated in a press release,

"Just because the Government has approached the whole Regional Devolution agenda in entirely the wrong way, does not mean to say that the project itself should be ditched. If Scotland is benefiting from devolution then Cornwall should learn from this and increase the intensity of its own campaign for devolution to a Cornish Assembly."


ENGLAND ONCE AGAIN SHORTCHANGES CORNWALL (Dec 2007)

COUNTY COUNCIL LEADER EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT WITH BUDGET SETTLEMENT
Cornwall Council Leader David Whalley has expressed his disappointment that, once again, the Government has failed to provide the level of funding that it itself recognises that Cornwall needs.

Although today’s announcement of the funding the Council will receive next year includes some additional resources to take account of Cornwall’s increasing population, it is not enough to meet the pressures on Council services.

“The Government has still not provided the level of funding that its own formula indicates is necessary for delivering the services the people of Cornwall need “said David Whalley.

“While it is welcome to see that Ministers have shown some willingness to redress the long standing funding inequalities, this is still not enough to meet the Council’s most pressing service needs.”

Mr Whalley added the settlement fails to take into account the increased costs of waste disposal (largely caused by increased taxation by the Government). It will also not be enough to enable the Council to take full advantage of the new funding opportunities from the EU.

“The EU funding is the key to the continued growth of the Cornish economy and I am concerned at the possible implications of this settlement on future projects”.

Mr Whalley welcomed the Government’s decision to reduce the number of specific grants and to include them in the base budget, but added that he hoped that the Government would not then take the opportunity to cease this level of funding in future years.

“The Government has finally taken account of our lobbying for fair funding for Cornwall and the Council will continue to work with Cornish MPs to lobby Ministers to address outstanding issues “. he said.

“Overall this budget settlement means that Cornwall County Council will be in a slightly better position than it might have been without the additional funding. “However yet again we are still left having to make difficult decision about how to meet the high levels of expectations which both the Council and the people in Cornwall rightly demand”.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am glad that they are referencing Scotland... It is only by looking at other countries, that Cornwall can plan the road ahead. Scotland itself has been guilty of not studying either its own past, or the politics of other small nations.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberal Democrat Schizophrenia: http://thecornishdemocrat.blogspot.com/2008/02/liberal-democrat-schizophrenia.html
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lib Dems fail under applied pressure. The more that can be put on them, and for as long as possible, the better.
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