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Cameron's claim causes uproar in Cornwall

There's been a furious reaction in Cornwall after David Cameron told us that the Council has plenty of cash which it could spend to avoid drastic cuts in services.

The Prime Minister told ITV News West Country last night that Cornwall Council had nearly £200m in reserves, which had doubled over the past four years. But the Labour group on the council has described his comments as 'ignorant'.

You can watch our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy's report on the row below:

Cornwall Council rethinks school crossing cuts

Cornwall Council has agreed to delay cutting a number of school crossing patrols.

The council was hoping to save £80,000, but it will carry out a risk assessment first before making a final decision.

It has also reached a deal with the RNLI to maintain the current level of lifeguard cover on 57 beaches, despite reducing its contribution to the charity from £1.4million to £950,000.

Many manned crossings could stay. Credit: PA


Cornwall Council outlines ways to cut £196 million

Cornwall Council has consulted with residents to come up with proposals to cut £196m Credit: ITV News

Cornwall Council's cabinet is due to meet next week to discuss its four year budget in which it has to save £196m.

It follows a consultation exercise with residents. The council says it has included a number of their suggestions in revising the proposals.

The changes include:

  • Increasing the Adult Social care budget by £3.8m to cover the previous year’s overspend thereby protecting services to the most vulnerable.
  • Reducing the savings required from a scheme providing business rate relief support for charities from £800,000 to £400,000. This will help minimise the impact on charities and clubs which work with the most vulnerable people in Cornwall.
  • Protecting the rural bus network
  • Reducing the funding to voluntary and community organisations by £400,000 to reflect the work which is taking place to reduce duplication and operating costs by sharing staff and buildings, develop a new way of commissioning services and the potential for funding from the Government’s £320m Transformation Challenge Fund.
  • Delaying the implementation of the School Crossing Patrols savings to enable a comprehensive risk assessment to be carried out.
  • Increasing savings from waste budget by £210,000 over the four years mainly from additional income from the energy to waste contract
  • Introducing a new contract with the RNLI, which will maintain the same level of lifeguard cover on the 57 beaches supported by the Council with a reduced contribution of £950,000.
  • Using reserves to bridge the gap until new models for delivering libraries and tourism are set up
Controversial moves to remove lollipop patrols from some routes have been put on hold following consultation Credit: PA

The Cabinet is due to discuss the budget on 5 November and the final decision will be made by full council on 25 November.

Blue Flag Appeal

A leading Cornish businessman is urging Cornwall Council to apply for blue flags on some of its beaches. Rob Harris, who runs the Ann's Cottage Surf Stores, says the lack of applications will send the wrong message to tourists. He's now launching a petition to encourage the Council to change its mind.

Rob Harris, Ann's Cottage owner

"I was shocked by the Council's decision not to apply...I've had countless people in our stores as appalled as I am and ready to take action"

– Rob Harris


Cornwall Council needs help with storm damage bill

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with residents whose homes were damaged during storms at Kingsand in February Credit: Luke MacGregor/PA Wire

Cornwall Council is urging the Government to provide more funding for the massive £21.4 million storm damage bill it's facing.

A spate of storm force gales and rough seas between January and March 2014 left a trail of destruction across the region.

Of that, £15 million has been spent on coastal protection, £1.4 million on coast path and access repairs and £5 million on highway repairs.

Despite a pledge from Prime Minister David Cameron that "money is no object", so far the council has only received £10.7 million towards highways from the Department for Transport.

Cornwall Council receives Brewer's resignation

Cornwall Council has confirmed it has received a formal letter of resignation from the councillor who said disabled children should be ''put down'' to save money.

Collin Brewer made the remark in 2011. He resigned voluntarily earlier this year but was re-elected to the Wadebridge East ward in May.

After the comments were published, the council received 180 complaints and a campaign was launched to force him to resign, but the council said it did not have the power to remove Mr Brewer from his seat.

Cornwall Council has today received a letter from Collin Brewer confirming that he has formally resigned as the member for the Wadebridge East electoral division.

The resignation takes effect from July 10, the date the written confirmation was received by the council's monitoring officer.

The council's electoral service will now be making arrangements for a by-election to be held.

– Cornwall Council statement

The councillor's ill-judged and insensitive comments on disabled children demonstrated that he was clearly not fit for office.

The council is right to find him guilty. We believe he has made the right decision in stepping down.

Luckily such sickening views are rare. But almost a year on from the Paralympics disabled people tell us that public attitudes towards them remain an issue.

Disabled people are concerned about the impact of 'scrounger' rhetoric.

We need to reopen the debate on attitudes to disability.

– Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope
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