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Tourism bosses anger at plans to cut funding

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Visit Cornwall works to bring more people to the Duchy's landmarks and beaches like this one at St Ives Credit: ITV Westcountry

Tourism bosses have reacted with anger to Cornwall Council's plans to stop funding Visit Cornwall.

The authority gives Visit Cornwall £850,000 a year to operate but says it should now be funded by the private sector.

There's uncertainty from the tourist industry as to whether the idea will work.

Plans for how Cornwall Council will make cuts

Cornwall council has been outlining how it intends to save £196 million over the next four years. All areas of the council will be affected by the cuts, which represent around 30% of the budget.

Some services will be protected from the worst of the cuts and given priority status although they will still be affected in some way. They include services for vulnerable people, public transport and road repairs and maintenance.

There will be a two month consultation period before the draft budget is finalised.

We are not in a position that we want to be in. We are forced to make these changes and these savings because of the changes in funding to local government. We are trying to make it as positive as we can by building an efficient and effective council, by creating an ambitious Cornwall which is working for itself to bring improvements and change and a strong economy.

– John Pollard, Council Leader

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1 in 10 parents skip meals to feed their children

Gillian, a single mother of three, says she's grateful for donations from the Exeter Food Bank, without which she says her family could be forced out of their home.

The charity Shelter claims that more than a third of working parents are cutting back on food spending to cope with increasing housing costs. With 1 in 10 even skipping meals.

What we need to see the Government do is make sure the safety net is strong, so if people lose their jobs, or their income falls off a cliff they don't lose their homes straight away, and can take that chance to get back on their feet.

– Shelter

Condor Ferries to pull out of Weymouth next spring

Condor Ferries will end services from Weymouth in spring 2015, and will operate its new cross-Channel ferry from Poole. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council spent around £3.4 million upgrading the old ferry terminal but it could not accommodate the company's new ferry without a full £10 million investment.

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Condor's new ferry. Credit: Condor

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Taunton Deane Borough Council to move to County Hall

Taunton Deane Borough Council has finally voted to move to Somerset County Hall, one month after a similar proposal was narrowly rejected.

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A sign outside the Council's current premises. Credit: ITV News

The council says it costs £650,000 a year to occupy the ageing Deane House off Station Road in Taunton. Its report also found that creating a public sector 'one-stop-shop' together with the County Council would make life easier for service users.

Discussions will now start with the County Council about how best to facilitate the move.

MP calls for Treliske staff parking plans to be halted

MP calls for Treliske staff parking plans to be halted
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Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has called for plans to increase car parking charges at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to be halted. The new system would mean some staff (who work more than 22 and half hours a week) at Treliske would have to pay £330 pounds a year-that's five times more than what they pay now.

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