Five current consultations including two that we’ve just heard about – so apologies for the short deadlines on those. In order of closing:

HeadStart Kernow Legacy Fund

HeadStart Kernow is working with Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) to create and administer the HeadStart Legacy Fund which will support young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health within Cornwall. Young people will be able to fundraise and invest the money they raise into the Fund, knowing that the grants made from the Fund will be for projects led by young people in Cornwall to support their emotional resilience and mental wellbeing.

HeadStart Kernow and CCF are working to make sure that young people will also be able to take part in the grant-making process so that young people are genuinely ‘people in the lead’ of the Fund. Below are two links to surveys, one for young people and one for professionals working with young people. Your help in sharing this with professionals and young people you work with to help inform and shape the Legacy Fund would be greatly appreciated.

The closing date is Sunday 9 February at 23:59.

 

Cornwall Council  Adult Mental Health

taken from the Consultation page on the CC website:

The Draft Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Adult Mental Health Strategy 2019-2024 is clear that we want everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to enjoy the best possible mental health and wellbeing throughout the course of their life.

Social support services in Cornwall help people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This is not about medication or specialist NHS services or therapies.

Social support is provided by voluntary and community organisations and can help you to:

  • Manage your mental health and wellbeing
  • Develop the skills you need to live independently
  • Access employment, education and training
  • Link to activities in your local community
  • Prevent crisis and support you in crisis.

We are now reviewing the above services to understand what social support is needed in the communities to improve mental health and wellbeing for people in Cornwall.

Take part in our survey

If you would like to request paper copies of the survey please email contractsadults@cornwall.gov.uk or call 01872 327888.

The closing date for the survey is Friday 14 February 2020.

Public consultation events took place in January, and we missed them – sorry.

TV Licence decriminalisation

The Government is consulting on the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion, which comes as a rise in the license fee was announced, bringing it up £157.50 from 1 April 2020, and thousands over 75s will lose their free licence from June 2020.

Until June, anyone over 75 has been eligible for a free TV licence, but from June, only those who receive Pension Credit or other means tested benefits, will receive it.

The consultation is described on the Gov.uk website:

The Government believes that it is right to look again at decriminalising TV licence evasion in order to ensure a proportionate and fair approach to licence fee penalties and payments is in place, which protects the most vulnerable in our society.

The consultation will seek responses on whether to decriminalise evasion and give consideration to how this could happen. The determining factors that the Government will consider include:

Would an alternative, non-criminal enforcement scheme be fairer and more proportionate?
What the cost is and how difficult it would be to implement any alternative scheme?
What is the potential impact on licence fee payers, particularly the most vulnerable and those with protected characteristics?
And what is the overall impact on licence fee collection?

You can read Age UK’s response to this consultation on their website, together with their comment on the price-rise.  The full documentation of the consultation, and the ways you can respond, are on the Gov.uk website.

 

Youth Voice Census

The 2020 Youth Voice Census is live!  They want to hear from all 14-24 year olds

Fill in our national Youth Voice Census to share your experience of life, study and work. Your responses are anonymous and we will 100% respect your privacy. Last year, an amazing 3,008 young people completed the survey which we showed to UK policy makers and shapers. There are over 7 million young people in the UK today, so let’s make a BIG impact! Fill in the survey and tell your friends.

The census will remain open until 6th April 2020. Your voice matters.

Those over 24 are invited to share the survey with people who are in the required age group.

 

Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy

Cornwall Council is revising the Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy and would like to know your thoughts.  The draft revised Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy formalises the Council’s implementation of current local national planning policy and legislation.  It also incorporates the Cornwall Air Quality action plans for each of the AQMAs (Air Quality Management Areas).  Please tell them what you think about the revised strategy by completing the online survey available on their website.

Although the air in Cornwall is generally very good, a few areas have poorer air quality mainly due to road traffic.

The Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy highlights the issues of poor air quality and brings together the action plans for seven Air Quality Management Areas, which include Camborne-Pool-RedruthTruroSt AustellBodminTidefordGunnislake and Camelford.  Action Plans for Grampound and Launceston are due soon.

The Strategy also details the current planning policy and guidance for developers and provides the Council’s commitments to improving air quality.  It aims to ensure that everyone has an understanding of Cornwall’s air quality and how they can help take steps to improve problem areas.

The consultation runs until 15 April 2020.  Once the consultation closes, the strategy will be finalised and approved.