Cornwall Agrees Devolution Deal But Scilly’s Role Unclear

cornish flagCornish officials will agree a Cornwall Devolution deal today. But it’s unclear how Scilly’s Council will be affected.

In February the Chief Executive warned councillors it could result in the creation of a combined Authority for the region.

Today’s agreement will give the county greater powers over areas of public spending, like healthcare, transport, employment and energy matters.

And Scilly and Cornwall will be allowed to choose how €603m of European funding is spent, instead of Westminster deciding.

As part of the agreement, Cornwall Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership will be integrating national and local business support services from 2017.

David Cameron will come down from London to oversee the signing of the agreement by the chairmen of Cornwall Council, the Scilly and Cornwall LEP and NHS Kernow.

Scilly is closely linked to Cornwall, with agencies based there working with our Council on a range of services including the health and wellbeing strategy.

But the islands’ councillors aren’t in the loop over how the devolution will affect Scilly.

In February, Council Chief Executive Theo Leijser, warned that the devolution would “undoubtedly have an impact on Scilly.” And earlier this month Scilly’s Council Chairman Amanda Martin said nothing could be decided here until our own councillors are informed of the plans.

Cornwall Council will now work with partners and London civil servants to develop detailed plans to implement the proposals.

5 Responses to Cornwall Agrees Devolution Deal But Scilly’s Role Unclear

  1. Adam Morton, St.Martins July 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Devolution should be great for local communities but I fear that in both ours and Cornwall’s case it will be disastrous. They just aren’t ready for it by about 50 years! Our Council chair was dropping hints the other day about having more in common with London than Cornwall!! imagine all the official jaunts up to the capital !

  2. Sam July 17, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Isles of Scilly are historically part of Cornwall anyway…

    • Ian T. July 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      And Cornwall is part of England….. whether the ‘Cornish’ like it or not. Strange that Scilly is referred to separately to the shires of England, which include Cornwall, on all Acts of Parliament. Seems to me that it should be Scilly pressing for devolution if anybody. Whatever, all this can do is INCREASE costs generally for which we all have to pay directly or indirectly.

    • Mr Sillyme July 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      If you go back to the last ice age they were conjoined moreover the land mass that encompasses England was joined to the land mass that encompasses France so we are all probably Belgian, including Ian whether he likes it or not!

      • Ian T. July 20, 2015 at 9:35 am

        It doesn’t bother me. After all we all originated in Africa apparently.