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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 12:30
Information on NHS Kernow's February 2021 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 01/12/2020 - 12:30
Information on NHS Kernow's December 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/10/2020 - 11:30
Information on NHS Kernow's October 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/08/2020 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's August 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Partnership Senate

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 16/07/2020 - 10:00
The next meeting will take place on Thursday 16 July 2020, 10am to 12 noon.
Categories: Health

BBC partners with Cornwall Council to improve language skills

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 5 hours 11 min ago

The BBC and Cornwall Council are partnering to help improve the language skills of under-fives as part of a new national campaign. 

Tiny Happy People is a five-year initiative backed by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. It aims to support parents and carers in developing the language and communication skills of their 0-4 year old children. 

This will be achieved through a range of free digital resources, including fun activities, videos, articles and quizzes specifically designed for the initiative, with a focus on everyday routines. 

Developing communication skills at an early age helps children to thrive

Cabinet Member for Children, Health and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “We are delighted to be working with the BBC on this project, which fits perfectly with the work we’ve already being doing through our Real Heroes Read Books campaign.  

“We all want the best for our children; supporting them to take every opportunity and we can do this by helping them develop their language skills.  Sadly, too many children are starting school without these skills – and all too often if there’s a gap at the very start of school, it tends to persist and grow.” 

Evidence shows that more than 1 in 4 children (27%) in England do not reach the necessary level of literacy development (language, communication and literacy skills) by the time they start primary school, rising to more than 1 in 3 (42%) in deprived areas. The picture is similar across all nations of the UK.** 

Cornwall is an official Tiny Happy People Hub and we have been working closely with BBC to share the Tiny Happy People resources with parents and professionals via social media during lockdown.  

At the heart of the project is a simple philosophy – talk to your children from as early an age as possible, including during pregnancy.  

Visit the Tiny Happy People website

Head of Early Years at Cornwall Council Carol Kimberley said: “We are really excited about this opportunity and to be working with the BBC team.  Our teams have already been sharing the information with early years providers and families and the feedback has been excellent.  

“Encouraging children to learn to love and explore their language skills is one of our core aims and in so it will help them throughout life” 

Tiny Happy People offers a huge library of evidence-based free resources that are proven to have a positive impact on the speech and language development of 0-4 year olds. They’ve been developed and quality assured by front line professionals and experts.  

The content is fun and easy-to-understand as well as to incorporate into everyday life. There are fun activities and a range of short films, articles and quizzes that will support language development, as well as great tips for new and soon-to-be parents and advice to support parent’s well-being.  

Follow Tiny Happy People on Instagram 

 

 

** In Scotland, by age 5, there is a 13-month gap in vocabulary development between children from low-income and high-income households (May 2014). In Wales, 4 in 10 children are not at the expected level of development in maths, language, literacy and communication at age 4 (Sep 2019). Also in Wales, poor children who are performing well at age three are more likely than their peers to lose that advantage and fall behind by the age of five (Sep 2015). In Northern Ireland, 38% of five-year-olds have below average vocabulary skills. This rises to 65% of children who experience persistent poverty (Sep 2015) 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Call to holiday lets to follow COVID-19 closure orders

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 13/07/2020 - 11:38

Ahead of the Easter holidays Cornwall Council is calling on holiday accommodation providers, including letting agents and online booking platforms, to support the COVID-19 response by following the Government’s closure orders.

The overwhelming majority of holiday accommodation providers such as self- catering businesses, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, hotels, campsites and holiday homes have shut their doors as a result of the Government ordering all non-essential businesses to stop operating and for everyone to stay at home and avoid unessential travel.

There are a number of exemptions which allow some holiday accommodation businesses to remain open, for example to provide accommodation for key workers, NHS staff and for health and care use.

One such establishment is Carnmarth Hotel in Newquay which has been providing a place to stay for people who have been in hospital, are able to be discharged, but are not ready to go home.

However, Cornwall Council has received complaints alleging that some holiday accommodation providers are still having holiday makers in their premises and operating illegally.

Ahead of the Easter holiday the Council’s enforcement team is now writing to all holiday accommodation owners, letting agents and online booking platforms in Cornwall who are not exempt to the COVID-19 orders to ask for their cooperation in complying with the orders.

The email, which is going out to holiday accommodation providers today (April 2), says: “As you know the Government passed legislation last week which requires certain businesses to close with immediate effect. We appreciate that you may have already acted on the Government’s directions and closed your accommodation, although there are a few exceptions which are covered in this letter. The overwhelming majority of businesses in Cornwall have done exactly that. Indeed, we know that some businesses have been able to provide valuable support to the community by housing vulnerable people and key workers.

“Nevertheless, the Council is receiving complaints that allege that some holiday accommodation businesses are continuing to trade. This is undoubtedly a small minority, but due to the risks involved, we are taking the precaution of writing to you to seek your support in helping to control the COVID 19 outbreak in Cornwall.”

The new legislation requires any person responsible for running a business providing holiday accommodation, whether in a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartment, home, cottage or bungalow, campsite, caravan park or boarding house, to cease trading during the emergency period.

The Government’s controls are expected to remain in place until the regulations are reviewed by the Secretary of State and a direction issued to end them.

In its letter to accommodation providers Cornwall Council outlines the new legal requirements and where businesses can get further advice.

It also warns that businesses can face enforcement action if they flout the orders.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection, said: “We are calling on and trust that our holiday accommodation providers in Cornwall will do the right thing and ensure compliance with this requirement which has been introduced to protect the health of our population, NHS and other critical services at this time.

 “We understand that this legislation may have serious financial impacts upon businesses so please read the guidance to understand how you can access the financial help you need.”

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “It’s up to all of us to play our part in fighting this virus, as well as obeying the law, and this simply means that not only should all the traditional tourism business be closed to holiday makers, but also people letting out rooms and properties on the online booking platforms that have grown rapidly over the last few years.”

There are a number of exemptions which allow holiday accommodation businesses to remain open, including where they provide services to:

  • People who live there permanently or because their primary residence is unavailable.
  • Critical workers and non-UK residents who are unable to travel to their country of residence during this period.
  • People who are unable to move into a new home due to the current restrictions.
  • Homeless and other vulnerable people such as those who cannot safely stay in their home, through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies.
  • Those attending a funeral.
  • Hosting of blood donation sessions.

Also, holiday accommodation can remain open for any other purpose requested by the Secretary of State or Local Authority.

A current list of exemptions can be found on the Government's website.

The government has produced guidance on business closures for further reference. However, if you require additional advice please do not hesitate to contact the Council’s Business Support Hub at businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk

If you believe that holiday accommodation might not be complying with the new regulations then Please see our how to report a concern page

For anyone seeking refunds due to a holiday booking cancellation Cornwall Council advises:

  1. Check the small print on your booking – what does it say about cancellation due to Government intervention?
  2. Check the small print on your travel insurance – will your booking be covered?
  3. Register your concerns with your holiday provider – are they working to a timetable (ie most imminent bookings first)? What are they suggesting as a solution? But please be patient as businesses have to deal with many pressures at this current time.
  4. If you paid for your holiday by credit card you may have additional protection through the credit card provider.

If you do still need further advice or information about cancelling a booking due to Covid-19 please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or contact Cornwall Council Trading Standards at businesscompliance@cornwall.gov.uk

Cornwall Council will be working with Visit Cornwall when this emergency period is over to support those affected.

 

Story posted on April 2, 2020

 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Blocked drain, 13th July

Conundrum for you this one, drain is blocked on chapel lane caused by diggers at the bottom of Bovis homes estate which I know you well and truly ignore!

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 18 Chapel Lane, Hayle
Report on FixMyStreet
Categories: FixMyStreet

Blocked drain, 13th July

Conundrum for you this one, drain is blocked on chapel lane caused by diggers at the bottom of Bovis homes estate which I know you well and truly ignore!

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 18 Chapel Lane, Hayle
Report on FixMyStreet
Categories: FixMyStreet
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