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5 March 2021
In this issue:
  • Identifying as Cornish on the 2021 Census
  • Election campaigning
  • Applying for a postal vote
  • Changes to lockdown restrictions on 8 March
  • Supporting the COVID safe return of schools
  • Facebook Live COVID-19 briefing
  • Support with COVID-19 legislation webinars
  • Pub fined for breaking lockdown rules
  • Budget 2021
  • Access to Growth Fund
  • New initiative to help local builders develop new homes
  • Cornwall Climate Challenge
  • Important support

Identifying as Cornish on the 2021 Census

This St Piran’s Day as we celebrate all things Cornish, Cornwall Council is urging everyone who identifies as Cornish to say it on the 2021 Census survey, which launched on 1 March ahead of Census Day on 21 March.  

People here in Cornwall and beyond who want to identify as Cornish on the Census will be able to do so by ticking the box marked ‘other’ under the nationality, ethnicity and language questions and then writing or typing in ‘Cornish’.  

Cornish will also be referenced in the Census 2021 online form guidance as an example of a national identity that can be entered by selecting the ‘other’ option.  

There is also a language question where you may record your language as Cornish if you are a Cornish speaker. 

In 2011 Census 73,220 residents in Cornwall chose to record their nationality or ethnicity as Cornish by using the write-in option. In England and Wales, another 10,279 chose to identify as Cornish. 

The ONS will, for the first time, produce an analytical report on the population who identify as Cornish and how their health, housing, work and education differs from those who do not identify as Cornish. 

Anyone who needs help completing their Census form when it arrives in March 2021 or who has not received a Census form by 21 March 2021 should visit www.census.gov.uk/help or ring the Census Contact Centre on 0800 141 2021. Language support is available via the language helpline on 0800 587 2021. 
 

Election campaigning

The Government has confirmed that from 8 March, individual campaigners will be allowed to deliver leaflets and to engage with electors on their doorsteps – but they should always be socially distanced and not enter inside people’s homes.

From 29 March, it’s anticipated that six people or two households will be able to meet outdoors. The Government says that when we reach this point, activists will be able to campaign in a group along a local street.

Campaigners are being urged to ensure that all necessary mitigations are applied, including social distancing, sanitising hands and wearing face coverings. You can see the latest Government guidance on canvassing here.

Applying for a postal vote

Please remind people in your area that 5pm on Tuesday 20 April is the deadline to apply for postal votes for the May 2021 elections.

Measures are being put in place to ensure that polling stations will be COVID safe, and voters have a range of options for casing their ballot:

  • In person
  • By post
  • By proxy

Anyone who wants to vote by post or by proxy can download an application form or request an application form by calling Cornwall Council on 0300 1231 115.

The form must be printed and signed with a wet signature. A digital signature cannot be accepted. 

Once completed, you can send the form to Cornwall Council by post. Alternatively you can scan the completed form and send a copy as an email attachment (as a PDF or JPEG file) to voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on 20 April. 

Postal votes are sent to your home address, or any other address you specify, usually 10 days before the date of the election. 

They must be returned to Cornwall Council before the close of poll. 

You must also be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April. 

Changes to lockdown restrictions on 8 March

On Monday 8 March, the first stage of the Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England starts:

  • Schools and colleges re-open.
  • University students on practical courses can return. 
  • Wraparound childcare can restart for vulnerable pupils and where parents need to go to work, support groups or seek medical care.
  • You can meet outdoors for recreation or exercise with your household or one other person from a different household. 
  • Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor.

It’s important that we all continue to follow the public health guidance and to avoid unnecessary social contact. Cornwall is doing well, with the infection rate dropping from over 350 people per 100,000 in January to 21.7 currently. That will need to continue if the rest of the restrictions are to be lifted in line with the roadmap outlined by the Government.

Supporting the COVID safe return of schools

Schools in Cornwall have been doing a great job through lockdown, delivering online learning, supporting those pupils still in a school setting and ensuring schools are COVID secure. Local schools will be taking more pupils from Monday 8 March. Not all pupils will return on this date, but schools will have contacted parents or guardians about the specific arrangements for their child.

If you’re asked by your community for the details of how schools will operate under the COVID restrictions, please tell them to contact the individual schools, which will all be setting their own guidelines. Cornwall Council is working with schools to send the message to parents and carers to support the safe return of all children to schools. 

There are resources to support parents and young people through this transition, with an updated podcast being released on Friday 5 March. Parents can subscribe to the podcast here. 

Headstart Kernow are also sharing a host of resources through their website.

Facebook Live COVID-19 briefing

As schools prepare to reopen on 8 March, Cornwall Council will be holding an online COVID-19 briefing via a Facebook Live event on Friday 5 March from 2-3pm

Councillor Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, and Director of Public Health Rachel Wigglesworth will provide an update and take questions from residents and the media.

If you can’t attend the live session, you can access a recording of it afterwards using the link above. You don’t need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live event.

Support with COVID-19 legislation webinars

Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support team is running more free support webinar on COVID rules and regulations for businesses, town and parish councils, and voluntary and community groups in March and April. 

The next session will be at 11am on Thursday 11 March and will run through some of the key areas you can be preparing now in order to open your business or community facility safely. You can sign up on Eventbrite.

You can also catch up with recordings of previous webinars online.

If you have any questions that you want to put to the team prior to the webinar, please email them to businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk.

Pub fined for breaking lockdown rules

A pub in Cornwall has been fined £1,000 after people were found drinking alcohol inside the premises during lockdown.

Cornwall Council’s COVID Enforcement Team served a fixed penalty notice on the business after police discovered a group of men inside the pub drinking alcohol and listening to music. The pub has 14 days to appeal the notice.

Under the current restrictions, hospitality venues including pubs, bars and social clubs must remain closed, with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway until 11pm.

Since the start of the pandemic, Cornwall Council has taken enforcement action against nine businesses for COVID breaches. 

Businesses can find support and guidance regarding the latest restrictions on the Business Regulatory Support website.

Budget 2021

There’s a summary of the Government’s 2021 Budget and how it affects Cornwall in the Policy and Intelligence Newsletter – Budget 2021 Special Edition on the Let’s Talk Cornwall website. The site includes a variety of other intelligence and insights to help inform the understanding of Cornwall and the impact that COVID-19 has had on residents and businesses.

Access to Growth Fund

Please tell businesses in your area about the Access to Growth Fund. It provides a £1,000 grant to invest in the growth of businesses in Cornwall, by funding specialist consultancy to help them expand their markets outside of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Businesses have to contribute £500 to make the total investment £1,500 to spend on areas such as:

  • Sales and marketing
  • Web upgrade
  • Accountancy 
  • Legal advice

Businesses can find out more about the Access to Growth Fund on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub website and book a free business review to see if they’re eligible for the scheme.

New initiative to help local builders develop new homes

Cornwall Council has succeeded in bidding to take part in a new initiative that will help smaller local building companies develop new affordable homes for local people

The initiative sees the Council join forces with Government agency Local Partnerships to pilot a model that hopes to unlock small sites for delivery by small and medium-sized construction firms. 

Construction of the projects would be financed by Cornwall Council with the homes transferred to Council ownership and let to local families as affordable housing. 

Over coming weeks, the Council will be contacting many small and medium-sized construction firms with details of the project. The Council is also encouraging local builders to proactively make contact with it if they are interested in taking part. 

To find out more, interested developers can:

  • Register and search for opportunity DN525199 or enter “Small Site housing Development (the development of affordable homes in Cornwall)” at www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk.
  • Contact Cornwall Council’s Housing Delivery Team on 01872 324943 or email housingdelivery@cornwall.gov.uk quoting ‘SME Pilot’ in the subject line. 

Please share this with local builders in your area.

Cornwall Climate Challenge

There’s an opportunity for individuals and communities in Cornwall to learn about how crowdfunding can tackle climate change in a free online event on Tuesday 16 March from 12-1.30pm.

You can register on Eventbrite.

This inspiring event is open to all residents and organisations in Cornwall who want to fight climate change. It’s suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about this method of fund raising, the potential uses for the environment and the extra funding that’s available through Cornwall Council.

You’ll hear about the current situation we’re facing and how crowdfunding is set to play a huge part in the future of how we tackle it, plus:

  • The new Public Donation Fund
  • The Climate Challenge LIVE opportunity
  • The support and extra funding available to those who crowdfund

Participants will be able to ask questions via the online chat facility.

Please tell your local community organisations about the event so they can attend too.

Important support

For vaccine questions, please email nhskernowccg.ciosc19vaccine@nhs.net or visit the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group’s website

Please send all other coronavirus related enquiries or issues to Cornwall Council’s dedicated email address covid19@cornwall.gov.uk. Residents can also ring 0300 1231 118 for any COVID-19 related queries.

You can see the latest COVID-19 data for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on Cornwall Council’s website.

There’s an information page on Cornwall Council’s website and a dedicated telephone line 0300 1234 334 specifically for residents who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. 

Find out more about Cornwall Association of Local Councils at www.cornwallalc.org.uk or email enquiries@cornwallalc.org.uk

Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 or emailing requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk

Community volunteers can register with Volunteer Cornwall on their website or by emailing mid@volunteercornwall.org.uk. Volunteer Cornwall will match people who ring up needing help with the community volunteers in their local area – or, if they have more complex needs, with specialist services.

Support for those living with domestic abuse is available from Safer Futures. People can make a referral online, email saferfutures@firstlight.org.uk or ring 0300 777 4777. There is also refuge and support via the Cornwall Refuge Trust website and their 24 hour helpline 01872 225629.

There’s information about support for those facing hardship or redundancy, including help with food, benefits and council tax, on the Do you need a helping hand? page on Cornwall Council’s website.

Find out more about the support available for businesses here: Business Rate Support and Growth Hub.

Julian German
Leader of the Cornwall Council
Hembrenkyas an Konsel
Helen Price
Chair of Cornwall Association
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