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Council congratulates Cornwall’s students on GCSE results day

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 23/08/2018 - 09:50

Exam results will be on the minds of thousands of young people across Cornwall today, as the wait for this year’s GCSE results is finally over.

While it is too early to know the statistics for results across Cornwall, today marks a milestone for all students as they now consider their next steps.

Cornwall Council’s message to students is that whatever your results, there are more options on the table than ever before to make your next move a successful one.

Last year, there was a significant change to the grading system for GCSEs in three subjects – grades in Maths, English Language and English Literature were marked from 9 to 1 – 9 being the highest grade. Students gaining a grade 4 would have gained a grade C in the previous system.

The reforms were put in place to ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in high performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

This new grading system has been extended further this year to an additional twenty subjects and it is anticipated that all subjects will be graded in the same way by 2020.

Also for the first time this year, a new headline measure will be published for EBacc. The EBacc average point score measures pupils’ point scores across the five pillars of the EBacc: English, mathematics, science, humanities and languages. Headline performance measures will be published by the Department for Education in October 2018.

Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing said: “Congratulations to all those collecting their GCSE results today – I hope the hard work has paid off and you have achieved the results you wanted. I wish you all best for whatever path you decide to follow.

“And as well as students, I’d like to give praise to teachers, staff, Governors, parents and carers for their role in helping young people fulfil their potential.”

“Collecting GCSE results can be an emotional time for teenagers and their families alike, however, young people now have access to more pathways than ever before.”

“While young people now continue in learning or training until they are 18, this does not mean they need necessarily to stay on in a classroom. Many will choose to remain in full time education, such as a school sixth form or FE College, however they can also opt for work based learning such as an apprenticeship or take part in part time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week.

“For anyone who is unsure what to do next, they can contact the National Careers Service which offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.”

The National Careers Service can be contacted in confidence by telephone on a dedicated careers helpline 0800 100 900, via web chat and email by searching online for the National Careers Service.

Story posted 23 August 2018

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St Columb Major Library becomes a community hub

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/08/2018 - 14:51

We are delighted to announce a new agreement between St Columb Major Town Council and Cornwall Council which means that the Town’s library will transfer to the Town Council’s management from early October 2018.

The arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, means the library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library.

St Columb Major Library will also remain part of the countywide library service, so customers will keep their existing library cards and will still be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Speaking on behalf of St Columb Major Town Council, Town Mayor and Cornwall Councillor Paul Wills said: “The library is a much-loved facility and we have exciting plans for its future. We will be keeping all existing staff and employing new members of the team, and have plans to redecorate and make the library more welcoming.  We’re also keen to explore longer opening hours - all of which will be of real benefit to the local community. I am delighted that we have finally reached an agreement that means we will have the support of Cornwall Council’s Library Services for many years to come. It was very important that we crossed the “T’s” and dotted the “I’s” to ensure we struck the right deal. The future of our library is now secure”.

The library’s current opening hours are Tuesdays 9.30am – 5pm, Thursdays 1 – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall Council has been working closely with town and parish councils and community groups to find the best custodians for local libraries through the Library Transformation Programme. 

“Our aim has always been to work with partners and communities to create sustainable services aligned to local needs.  With St Columb Major Town Council taking on the management of the library, local people will be able to continue to enjoy it for many years to come. The town council’s proactive approach to taking more control over local assets is an excellent example of devolution in action. This arrangement will provide a sustainable library service for the St Columb Major area.”  


Story posted 21 August 2018

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Cornwall Council flying the flag for Pride

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/08/2018 - 14:25

Cornwall Pride Resized

Cornwall Council is supporting this year’s Cornwall Pride event in Newquay on Saturday 25 August 2018 and will be proudly flying the rainbow flag at New County Hall leading up to and through the Pride weekend.

Cornwall Pride celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) / lesbian, kethreydhel, dewreydhel, treus (LKDT) communities of Cornwall in a fun and inclusive event. Cornwall Council will be there to promote its services and opportunities, and show its support for the communities it serves.  

Representatives from the Council will join the parade, starting at 12noon from Beach Road car park, and will be at The Killacourt for the family friendly Rainbow Fest in the afternoon.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service will be there to talk about careers within the Service and domestic abuse; the key messages for this year’s pride is consider becoming an On-call firefighter and encouraging people to #shOUT about Hate Crime.

A number of the community safety team and key partners will be in attendance to discuss the many aspects of domestic abuse, as well as operational staff ready to discuss the role of an On-call firefighter. The Service will also be getting people involved with their Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) consultation where you get a chance to see what people think about the Service.

Representatives from the Phoenix Services will be there to discuss the range of professional courses and training they can provide as well as recruiting for the next Prince’s Trust Team starting in October. Phoenix will also be in the parade with their fire appliance.

Julian German, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council with responsibility for equality and diversity said “By taking an active role in the Pride event, we are proud to show our commitment to supporting diversity and improving inclusion within Cornwall. 

“We want to set an example in all we do to support the whole community. Pride is a great event and I hope that everyone enjoys themselves!”


Story posted 21 August 2018

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Illegible keep clear sign on road, 20th August

Illegible ' keep clear' sign on road. The writing on the road has worn away. This is at the junction into Church Road on the A3074.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): The Badger Inn Fore Street, Lelant
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Two successful prosecutions by Cornwall Council Trading Standards

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:06

Residents were reminded to stay alert to counterfeit goods and fake services as three men behind counterfeiting and fraud offences committed across Cornwall were sentenced at Truro Crown Court last Friday (17 August 2018) following two prosecutions brought by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.

The first case saw two men sentenced after admitting charges relating to the largest counterfeiting operation ever discovered in Cornwall.

Gregory William Whitehead, 48 from Tregrehan Mills, St Austell, and William Thomas Lemoyne, 35 from Camborne, had both pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to supply fake car accessories, toys and musical instrument accessories at an earlier hearing.

The prosecution was the culmination of a three year investigation into around £2.5 million worth of illegal sales and the seizure of over 100,000 fake items.

Whitehead was sentenced to 32 months immediate imprisonment and Lemoyne to 2 years imprisonment, suspended for two years.

In the second case, Martin Hobbs, the owner of an estate agents business in Millbrook, was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £22,500 after pleading guilty to five charges.

Hobbs, whose business MPH Estate Agents was based at The Parade in Millbrook, admitted four charges of false and misleading advertising under Consumer Protection legislation and admitted a further charge of obstructing an investigating officer by producing a fake letter of instruction.

He was fined £2,500 on each of the five charges and ordered to pay £10,000 towards the prosecution costs. He was further warned that a failure to pay those amounts in full by 28 February 2019 would result in him being sent to prison for 12 months.

In passing sentence His Honour Judge Carr told Hobbs “You committed a series of fraudulent trading. You decided to commit active fraud to enhance your business. Furthermore you have deliberately attempted to hide your resources from the court.”

Welcoming the results, Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said “Whilst the vast majority of businesses in Cornwall are law abiding and provide excellent services, it is worth residents being aware of these three convictions and reflecting that if you are ever offered goods or services in a deal that seems too good to be true – then it usually is!”

Posted on 20 August 2018

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Council consults on what social landlord tenancy policies should look like

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 14:03

Ensuring that tenants have a secure home should be at the heart of all housing providers’ tenancy policies across Cornwall.

The Council has launched a consultation so that social landlords, tenants and prospective tenants can have their say on what else the Council expects social landlord tenancy policies to include.

We want your views on the length of tenancies, how tenants move from one landlord to another as well as what advice and assistance should be offered to tenants to help prevent homelessness.  There are also expectations around the setting of affordable rents and how different housing needs are met.

The consultation which runs until 14 September is on a revised Local Tenancy Strategy, which aims to encourage all social landlords working in Cornwall to provide a good mix of tenancies for residents that will help meet local housing need and improve choice in Cornwall’s housing market.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes, Andrew Mitchell said: “The Local Tenancy Strategy sets out what the Council expects from social landlords and in turn what tenants can expect.  I encourage social landlord partners, tenants, prospective tenants and anyone with an interest in social housing to comment before a final version is developed for adoption by the Council.”

Responses to the consultation will be analysed and the draft Local Tenancy Strategy revised with the expectation that the new Strategy will be implemented from April 2019.


Story posted 20 August 2018

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Lay Governing Body member for primary care and prevention

NHS Cornwalll News - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 00:00
Are you passionate about improving primary care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly? Do you believe people should be supported to make healthy lifestyle choices and manage any long term conditions they have? If you are, then come and join our Governing Body to champion primary care and prevention services.
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The square townshend, 19th August

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Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Townshend Village Hall Bunkers Hill, Townshend
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Calling all students – add vaccines to your to do list before heading off to University

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 16:16

Following yesterday’s A-Level results many students will now be busy getting ready to head off to university…but one thing many students forget to sort before they leave home is their vaccinations.

To make sure students get the most of their university experience and not become seriously ill, Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health team are encouraging young people have the meningitis and measles jabs before they leave home.

It’s not all about leaving home, even if a young person is continuing their studies from home it’s still important for them to be covered too.

With lots of people in confined environments and close mixing, universities and colleges, halls of residence or even in hostels while off travelling, can all be hot spots for measles and meningococcal disease as they present the perfect opportunity for the infection to spread.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications and can be fatal in very rare cases.

The best protection against measles is to ensure young people have had two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. We know that some students of university/college age may have missed out on their MMR when they were younger as MMR uptake was as low as 80% in 2003. This means that many young people remain unprotected and so we are seeing measles cases in young people over the age of 15.

Alongside the MMR vaccine, it is also important to remind students (and freshers in particular) to get the MenACWY vaccine which protects against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) – which can both be fatal.

Denis Cronin, Public Health Consultant for Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health Team said: “While students are rushing to get ready for the next big steps in their life, getting injections is often over looked. Young people are particularly vulnerable to these infections and are also far more likely to spend time together in large groups which provides the perfect conditions for spreading of infections. Anyone who feels unwell should let friends know and call 111 if they recognise any of the symptoms”.

Dr Iain Chorlton, from NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This time of the year is always an exciting time for many students. They’ve picked up their A-level results and then thinking about their new lives at university and the fun of Freshers’ Week but it’s really important that to make sure that either before you leave or as soon as you arrive at university and register with a doctor that you get the MenACWY vaccine and protect yourselves against this potentially deadly infection. So put protecting yourself against meningitis should be on you ‘to do list’ along with buying your pots and pans and new books.”

If students don’t manage to have vaccinations done before they leave home, they should register with GP while at university where they will be able to have the vaccinations.

Story posted 17 August.

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Apprenticeships will help boost prosperity for all of Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 14:43

A wonderful opportunity to gain a degree in surveying while working in beautiful Cornwall is just one of many amazing apprenticeships on offer through Cornwall Council this summer.

The Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship gives applicants the chance to be trained, supported and mentored to achieve a degree in surveying, while being paid a competitive salary.

Completion of the course will also achieve chartered membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveying (RICS).

The council will also pay for your degree and essential expenses, and ensure you have the time to attend university and to undertake training.

So, if you are passionate about developing a career in Property / Estates and would prefer to learn on the job – then this is the opportunity for you!

A number of other apprenticeship roles have just been released, providing an ideal series of opportunities for those due to receive their A Level and GCSE results this month.

Included in those new adverts will be apprenticeships in our Human Resources Teams; in both Business Administration and Data Analyst roles; in our Neighbourhoods Incident Team, plus many apprenticeship vacancies within our Children, Families & Schools directorate working in Education & Early years.

Councillor Bob Egerton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy said: “Our apprenticeships offer opportunities to people from all walks of life to gain vital workplace skills and to begin to build a career for themselves.

“We have taken on nearly 100 apprentices in the past two years, and we are now looking to bring in the next cohort – including this fantastic chance to gain a degree while being in paid employment.

“In the long term, investing in people in this way will also contribute to economic growth and prosperity for the whole of Cornwall, by creating a highly trained and employable workforce.

“It is also important to remember that these apprenticeships are not just for young people starting out, they can also offer a chance to start a new career later in life as well.”


Story posted 17 August 2018

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