'Who Decides': Your Views Needed Now

12 July 2016, 06:30

Who decides?


We want to know how the public think decisions about public services in Cornwall should be made in the future.

Who decides: How your money is spent? If we have a Mayor for Cornwall? 

When your bins are emptied? John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, is holding a series of public events across Cornwall, with Adam Paynter Deputy leader, to hear views about: 

Is the current Cabinet and Leader system the best way for Cornwall to be governed? 

Do you want to keep things as they are or change to the older Committee style Council, or would you prefer a Mayor for Cornwall? We want to hear your views at a series of public events across Cornwall. 

All events start at 7pm: 

  • 11 July: Heartlands, Pool 
  • 12 July: Wadebridge, Royal Cornwall Show Pavilion, Tregothnan hall 
  • 13 July: Liskeard, Eliot House Hotel 
  • 14 July: St Austell,St Austell Printing Company, St Austell Business Park 
  • 18 July: Truro College, Fal Theatre 19 July: Penzance, Acorn Theatre 
  • 20 July: Launceston, Town Hall 

Cornwall Council is looking at how the Council currently operates and makes decisions about the services we provide. 

The Councils review, known as the 'Governance Review' being led by the Council's Constitution and Governance Committee that will make recommendations to the Council. 

An independent external panel, will also gather evidence for the committee to consider. 

The Review is looking at three possible models: 

  • a Leader and Cabinet system, 
  • an elected Mayor and Cabinet system, 
  • a Committee system. 

The Council could also develop a model that sits outside the Cabinet, Mayor or Committee system; this would require Government approval. 

Any changes to the current system will be introduced, to coincide with the local elections, in May 2021. 

More information about the review and how the public can give their views is available on Cornwall Council's website.

Cornwall Council currently has 123 Councillors or Members and a Leader and Cabinet system. 

They are also responsible for implementing the agreed policies of the Council. 

Elected Mayor system A Mayor system is similar to a Leader and Cabinet system but a Mayor is directly elected by local residents and is not a Councillor. 

The Mayor holds office for four years and cannot be removed by the Council. 

Each year the Elected Mayor presents a budget and major policies to the Council, which can be approved by a simple majority; however any changes proposed by the Council must have the support of at least two thirds of the Council. 

Committee system: Under the Committee system decisions are taken by committees comprising Members from all political groups, according to the proportion of the elected Council.

More information

More information about the review and how the public can give their views is available on Cornwall Council’s website: 

· on the Council’s website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/whodecides 

· in the Who decides? Bitesize guide leaflet