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Prime Minister, David Cameron and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark came to County Hall in Truro yesterday to officially sign Cornwall’s first Devolution Deal – the first of its type in the country.

Welcoming the formal signing of the agreement, the Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard said “This Deal is fantastic news for Cornwall and gives us many of the things we asked for in the Case for Cornwall. It also means more than £5bn of government funding being given to Cornwall to manage in the areas of transport, health and social care, property and European funding. However we know that there is still more to do. This is the first major step on a longer journey towards delivering the full Case for Cornwall.

“The Prime Minister said yesterday that this devolution deal was not the end of handing powers to Cornwall and that the Government would continue to listen to proposals put forward on devolving more powers in the future.

“We welcome this commitment and we will continue to work with our partners to fight for fairer funding for Cornwall and for more devolved powers in areas such as planning and housing.

“The signing of the Cornwall Devolution Deal does not the end of the delivery of the Case for Cornwall – it is very much the beginning. The hard work starts now and over the next few weeks and months we will be working with partners and civil servants to turn this Deal into reality and create a more prosperous and sustainable Cornwall. “

Story posted: 17 July 2015