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Devolution within Cornwall

Cornwall Council commits to the principles of Localism and Devolution

The Council recognises Localism and Devolution as a key component of the Council Business Plan 2018-2022. Devolution's primary purpose is to help sustain locally-led service delivery. We work to enable and empower local councils and community groups to play an active role in local decision making. Through devolution, we are able to provide greater opportunities to communities. You can learn more about the Council's vision for localism and devolution by reading: Localism and Devolution - A fresh approach.

Devolution can take several forms, including the transfer of assets, agreements, and services. Opportunities for local influence and involvement through devolution include:

  • Influencing and monitoring local service delivery
  • Joint delivery/service enhancement
  • Agency and management agreements/Licenses and sponsorship
  • Delegation of service delivery/free hold transfer of a property or open space
  • Transfer of responsibility of a service

Cornwall’s many towns and villages are all different and, thus, a 'one size fits all' approach doesn't work. Devolution requires different approaches from service providers.A framework for town and parish councils and community groupsdetails how we can work together at a level that suits you. 

Devolution work programme

Learn more about how devolution proposals are prioritised through the Devolution work programme. You can also view the current prioritised work list.

Devolution case studies

Many assets and services have already been devolved to town and parish councils and community organisations. Our devolution case studies outline some of our successful devolution projects to date. View our devolution site map to see the spread of devolution projects across the county.

Devolution resources

We work with many communities to deliver devolution and are keen to work with more. If your organization is considering how devolution of a Council asset or service could benefit your community, our devolution resources can help you get started.

The starting point for any discussion can be via your Cornwall Councillor and/or your Community Link Officer. They will liaise with the Cornwall Councillor to explore what opportunities might exist. The Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Council’s work on devolution is Councillor Edwina Hannaford.

Community right to bid

The Localism Act 2011 introduced the Community Right to Bid. It enables certain groups to nominate local land or buildings to be included in the list of assets of community value.

Devolution to Cornwall

Cornwall Council also has devolved to Cornwall from London. In July, 2015, Cornwall became the first authority to agree to a devolution deal with the Government. The Cornwall Devolution Deal gives greater powers and flexibility over public sector funding. The deal was agreed following the submission of the successful Case for Cornwall.