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Osborne: Cornwall progressing with devolution plan


8 July 2015

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Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that there are plans underfoot for greater devolution in Cornwall, when he announced the Budget in the House of Commons yesterday.

Meanwhile, in Truro, Cornwall, the cabinet of Cornwall Council unanimously voted for a motion supporting the authority’s detailed draft plan for Cornish devolution.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that there are plans underfoot for greater devolution in Cornwall, when he announced the Budget in the House of Commons yesterday.

Meanwhile, in Truro, Cornwall, the cabinet of Cornwall Council unanimously voted for a motion supporting the authority’s detailed draft plan for Cornish devolution.

Osborne also hinted at numerous devolved county deals in the pipeline.

He said: “Devolution within England has only just begun… In the first of our new county deals, we are making progress on a major plan to give Cornwall a greater say over local decisions.”

NHS Kernow welcomed Osborne’s announcement, and it’s managing director Joy Youart said: “This is in line with our ethos of integrating health and social care, empowering local communities to have greater ownership of decisions and resources, tailored to local needs. It could enable more resources to focus directly on local patient care and outcomes.

“There is much to consider, but it is clear we have to work differently, creatively and in partnership if we are to overcome the challenges that face us all now and in the future. We will continue to work with our partners to explore options and develop proposals around integrated care  – involving patients, clinicians, staff and other key stakeholders to gain their feedback,” she said.

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