Council To Merge Coroner Services With Cornwall

Coroner's hearings are held in the Old Wesleyan Chapel

Coroner’s hearings are held in the Old Wesleyan Chapel

There’s likely to be changes to the Coroner’s Service in the islands following a decision by councillors to merge with Cornwall.

The current coroner, Ian Arrow, who is employed part time by the Council, has resigned and will finish on 31st December.

The government is encouraging Coroner’s Districts to amalgamate and it’s seen as an opportunity to form a larger jurisdiction with our mainland neighbours.

Corporate Governance Officer, Rhona Holland, said there’s likely to be a cost saving because of the very small workload on the islands compared to Cornwall and reduced travel costs.

Last year, the Coroner investigated seven cases here, compared with almost 4,000 in Cornwall.

There could also be advantages in an emergency situation, such as a flu epidemic, where the islands could share resources, including mortuary facilities.

The proposal will still need to go before Cornwall Council and is subject to approval by the Lord Chancellor and the Chief Coroner for England.

Cllr Richard McCarthy asked the Council to send Mr Arrow a letter thanking him for his service over many years.



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