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Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s social workers are reeling this morning (Thursday) from news that their leadership team at County Hall is to leave. The three most senior figures in the Children’s Services department – Trevor Doughty, Jack Cordery and Jane Black – will all leave Cornwall Council next year.  All three are highly regarded in their sector and are credited with having rescued a service which had been previously been condemned as “inadequate” and which had been…

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The restructuring of Cornwall’s Health service – continued.

The restructuring of Cornwall’s Health service – continued.

The Kennally Care project to restructure Cornwall’s health service approaches a “gateway” – with lawyers and politicians in close attendance 8th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s health and social care chiefs are preparing to pass through the first of their self-defined “gateways” to embrace a radical restructure of the National Health Service, putting County Hall in charge of strategic commissioning and paving the way for the possibility of greatly increased privatisation. The tortuous creation of what is now called…

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CORNWALL GOES TO CONFERENCE – LIVERPOOL 2018

CORNWALL GOES TO CONFERENCE – LIVERPOOL 2018

  by North Cornwall Delegate, Ray Shemilt. Before getting on to my main report I am going to say a few words with reference to my Labour Journey so far: Back in June 2015, I re-joined the party to support Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy for leadership. I had resigned in 2003 following TB’s invasion of Iraq and standing with my fellow comrades, including of course Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, on that massive “Stop the War” march in February 2003. The…

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Revealed – the new health map of Cornwall, showing the winners and losers of the Shaping Our Future jigsaw

Revealed – the new health map of Cornwall, showing the winners and losers of the Shaping Our Future jigsaw

3rd October 2018 By Graham Smith   The location of Cornwall’s new Urgent Treatment Centres – designed to offer high-tech medical facilities and relieve pressure on the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s over-stretched Accident & Emergency service – have been identified as Penzance, Truro and Bodmin. The news will come as a shock to people in East Cornwall, who had reason to believe that Liskeard was the health chiefs’ preferred location.  Early plans to provide a new UTC at Camborne also appear…

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Cornwall’s vision of the future for children’s services – back to the Poor Laws, as means-testing creeps on to the agenda

Cornwall’s vision of the future for children’s services – back to the Poor Laws, as means-testing creeps on to the agenda

25th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is considering the introduction of means-testing its children’s services, forcing families to explain why they cannot pay for help from the private sector before offering assistance from County Hall. The move is outlined in the council’s “One Vision” plan for children and young people, a consultation document published last month to describe how the council and NHS Kernow might work together in future. The services cover a wide range of support for young…

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“Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job” –

“Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job” –

 – the idea of a Cornwall Labour Party grabs the limelight as activists head for Liverpool 17th September 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Next week’s Labour Party conference is due to see what is thought to be the first-ever attempt to create a formal Cornwall Labour Party, similar to the party’s organisations in Scotland and Wales. The suggestion, which is all about money and power, has already caught the eye of some national media commentators, including the Huffington Post. A rule-change proposal…

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EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council grants more than £400,000 in tax breaks to private schools

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council grants more than £400,000 in tax breaks to private schools

14th September 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is awarding business rates’ relief worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to private schools.  All eight private schools in Cornwall are getting tax breaks worth a total of £417,400.80. The relief on business rates is granted because the schools are registered as charities, even though many people regard them as private businesses.  Truro High School, for example, which charges senior pupils (or their parents) nearly £14,000 per year for day girls, last…

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NEC Report and Personal Statement – Peter Willsman

NEC Report and Personal Statement – Peter Willsman

  Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s Extra NEC Meeting September 4th 2018 Personal Statement First, may I thank all those comrades who voted for me for the NEC – remember I am only a phone call away if you need advice. For the first time ever, one of our “comrades” secretly and illegally recorded some of the July NEC private meeting. In particular, an OTT rant by me was published. I issued a statement in which I deeply apologised for offence…

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Not in the public interest to apply a public interest test, says Cornwall Council ………

Not in the public interest to apply a public interest test, says Cornwall Council ………

……when asked about the cost of “interim” staff 22nd August 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has refused to disclose details of “temporary” senior officials who earn vast daily rates of pay, even refusing to apply a “public interest test” to the management of this information. Last month Cornwall Reports published details of the council’s enthusiastic use of the outsourcing agency Bloom, revealing how four “temps” earned, between them, £3,233 per day.  Cornwall Reports questioned if this was the best…

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