Devolution deal is signed

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Cornwall’s new devolution deal, which will deliver greater autonomy over areas including green energy and adult education, was signed yesterday (Dec 13).

Cllr Linda Taylor, Leader of Cornwall Council, met with Levelling Up Minister, Jacob Young MP, in Westminster to put pen to paper.

The proposed Level 2 Deal was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last month and debated at the Customer and Support Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee before being approved by Cabinet.

It has been negotiated following the decision earlier this year not to pursue a Level 3 Deal which required the introduction of a directly elected mayor for Cornwall.

The deal covers three key areas:

  • Skills: Government will fully devolve the adult education budget from the academic year 2025/26, giving the Council control over how best to support adult learners.
  • Green energy: The creation of a Cornwall Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) Commission to bring clean energy to the shores of Cornwall and elsewhere quicker, enabling Cornwall to contribute to the delivery of the UK’s targets for renewable generation.
  • Cornish culture: The deal means Cornwall Council will be able to attend meetings of the British-Irish Council alongside the UK Government as an advisor on matters relating to the Cornish language. It also includes a further £500k to support Cornish distinctiveness and the Cornish language.

Cllr Taylor said: “I am so pleased we have managed to get this Level 2 Deal over the line. It has been a long process, but through the negotiations succeeded in our aim of retaining some aspects of the Level 3 Deal published this time last year, and also managing to add to that proposed Deal.

“This is the best possible outcome we could have achieved for Cornwall following the decision not to proceed with the Level 3 Deal due to the requirement for a directly elected mayor.”