Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council have welcomed today's decision to back our call for fair funding of council services across Cornwall.
My colleague Ann Kerridge, who represents Bodmin East on Cornwall Council, proposed the original motion and spoke in today's debate. She said:
"Since Cornwall Council was created there have been a lot of accusations that some parts of Cornwall are treated more favourably than others. We want to find out whether this is true and to what extent some areas are better off than others."
"If the study proves our case that East Cornwall and the far West is missing out on investment and the right services then we will be demanding that this disparity is put right."
Our local MP Dan Rogerson has also been campaigning on this issue for many years. He said:
"When the Conservatives took control of Cornwall Council two years ago they took apart all the Lib Dem plans to ensure that there was fair funding across Cornwall. They also ripped up the rulebook on local decision making, dragging all powers into County Hall. This Lib Dem motion will show just how much some areas are missing out and the new Localism Bill will help to devolve powers to local areas."
Full text of the motion agreed by Cornwall Council today:
From now on the Council
i. monitors the number and total salary of its employees in each area (east, west and central) Cornwall by Reporting of employee work base location, linking to salary (via building new report functionality into the ERP HR system);
ii. monitor its spending in each area of Cornwall by reference to the capital programme as the main investment vehicle for the authority;
iii. carry out impact assessment when developing policy, deploying resources, planning events or making service reductions to ensure and demonstrate that the whole of Cornwall is treated equitably;
iv. ensure that any such analysis or assessment takes full account of sparsity, travel distances and availability and frequency of public transport as well as other relevant considerations; and,
v. officers from the community intelligence function within the Communications and Strategy service work with the informal Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee to review how evidence sources (such as neighbourhood and community network profiles, and individual town evidence bases) could be used as a tool to scrutinise the effectiveness of resource allocation.