2. LEADERSHIP AND DEMOCRACY

2. LEADERSHIP AND DEMOCRACY

Labour will provide strong and dynamic political leadership to Cornwall Council, ensuring that elected councillors are responsible for policy-making.

Cornwall Labour Party will not be afraid to reform the current “leader+cabinet” management of Cornwall Council, which severely restricts the influence of more than 100 elected councillors.

Labour will open up County Hall to proper public scrutiny, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate in democratic decision-making – restoring the powers of elected committees, and also the authority of the full council.
The foundation of our manifesto is the need to retain economic value and social cohesion in Cornwall. We shall do this by promoting our vision of the “pasty pound” – building on and developing “the Preston model” of local government, and how communities can retain wealth by taking control and working together.

Cornwall Labour Party is fully committed to Labour’s Green New Deal, and is proud to have been responsible for Cornwall Council’s declaration, in January 2019, of a Climate Emergency, setting a target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030.

Labour will encourage property developers to install solar panels, as a standard building regulations requirement, on all new homes.

  • Labour will also bring a powerhouse of new ideas, working with central government to:
  • Retain VAT spent in Cornwall
  • Ring-fence Stamp Duty for new housing schemes in Cornwall
  • Introduce a Land Tax
  • Close the loophole which allows second-home owners to dodge council tax by registering as a small business, and then avoid business rates.

As announced at our national party conference in September 2018, Labour would double council tax on second homes and non-primary residences. (NB: Need to clarify the definition and position of a commercial holiday-let, as distinct from a second home.)

Labour Party policy, nationally, is to lower the age at which citizens can vote to 16.

  • Cornwall Labour Party wholeheartedly endorses this policy and would encourage central government to introduce such a policy, for local council elections in Cornwall, at the first opportunity – possibly in time for the Cornwall Council elections in 2025.
  • This means that children born as recently as 2009 would be able to vote in those elections. Labour will investigate the possibility of setting up a permanent Youth Assembly in Cornwall.

Labour would set up a Cornwall Investment Bank, and work with central government to bring utilities such as water, transport and power distribution back under public ownership and control.

(written up by Graham from Steve’s notes: not included are tourist tax and cannabis)