I really think this is an excellent way of highlighting just some of the great things that Cornwall Council have achieved in the nearly three years since the election of the current administration
Combined successfully 1 County and 6 District Councils into single body with turnover of £1.4 billion, assets of £2 billion, prudent reserves, fewer offices & better staff working conditions.
Achieved efficiency savings of £150 million over 4 years despite severe cuts in Government grant by ‘going early and going deep’.
Nationally recognised for:
· ‘Newquay Safe’, a community partnership resolving anti social problems.
· Innovative Bursary Scheme for hard pressed Cornwall based students.
· Enterprise Partnership with business for investment and growth in well paid jobs.
· Superfast Broadband project providing competitive advantage to small business and community enhancement.
Delivered substantially improved services after failures by previous Lib Dem run Council:
· ‘Safeguarding Children’ improvements confirmed by OFSTED Report.
· Better ‘Adult Care’ evidenced by Independent Inspectors.
· Established new Housing Company providing & managing homes for Council tenants.
· Protected bus services following Government cuts by investing a further £1million.
· Protected public conveniences by investing a further £1.2 million.
· Transferred leisure services to a new trust and prevented any library closures.
· Highway services recognised as excellent by Audit Commission.
· Robust governance & control now confirmed by Audit Commission.
· Received much vaunted Triple A rating for finance status by international Agency.
Outstanding Opportunities for:
· Maritime activities with major developments in Hayle and Falmouth.
· Economic growth through new European Funding.
· Green Agenda with support for renewable energy and reduced fuel poverty.
· Continued efficient Council management, despite ongoing Government grant cuts, and bigger capital programme for improved services, cost savings and new jobs.
· Working closer with Town and Parish Councils through devolution & localism.