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Cornwall Council Policy Update 13/12/13

Date Posted:  Friday, 13 December 2013

Please see below Cornwall Council Policy update which might be of interest to you.


Secretary of State Eric Pickles has launched a package of support for local shops including town centre tax breaks and parking reform.


A £4.3m package of support and grants has been launched to assistat least 100 communities to tackle issues at neighbourhood level through the Our Place programme.


The Core Cities have launched theirGrowth Prospectus for change in England which argues that, if given localised power and resources, they have the potential to deliver £222bn in growth and £1.16m jobs to the UK by 2030.


The Energy Bill is set to become law after the government saw off a last ditch attempt in the House of Lords to insert an amendment on the decarbonisation of coal plants. 


The Government as announced a £16m investment to help localgovernment tackle fraud.


Guidance: Business rates information letter 9/2013  confirms arrangements for refunding local authorities for discounts mentioned in the Autumn Statement.


The Committee on Climate Change has warned Government that there is no legal, environmental or economic case for lowering the fourth UKcarbon budget.


The new Waste Prevention Programme for England has been launched.


The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee hasquizzed DCLG ministers on performance.


Data from the National Landlords Association suggests a rising number of landlords are steering clear of benefit claimants over fears of non-payment. The charity Money

Advice Trust has warned that rent arrears is becoming the fasted growing debt problem in the UK.


Two-and-a-half million people will borrow money to heat their homes over Christmas, according to a survey by Comres. 


Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, has urged people to use StreetLink’s ‘good deed app’ over the Christmas period to help connect more rough sleepers with the right advice and services.


The Prime Minister has announced plans to double annual funding for dementia researchto £135m by 2025.


Equalities Minister, Maria Miller has confirmed the first same-sex weddingsin England and Wales will be able to take place from 29 March 2014.


Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has spoken about how local areas can prepare for special educational needs reforms.

The Equality and Human Rights has published a report revealing public authorities have shown progress in tackling disability-related harassment but more needs to be done.


For further details queries, comments or feedback please contact

Stephanie Vandike
Policy and Intelligence Advisor, Strategy, Localism and Communications, Chief Executive's Department, Cornwall Council
T. 01872 324477



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