Covid-19 Recovery Plan will ensure a prosperous future for local residents and businesses

Liberal Democrats and their Independent colleagues on Cornwall Council today adopted an ambitious Covid-19 Recovery Plan, aimed at providing a rapid economic recovery for Cornwall following the Covid-19 pandemic, that will help 5,780 people into training, skills or employment, support 402 business and create jobs.

The Covid-19 Plan includes a programme of economic investments totalling almost £3.7 million pounds which will, in turn, draw more than £23 million pounds of additional investment, including £20m of European Funds and £1.38m of private sector funding into the Cornish economy, helping to accelerate economic recovery and secure a more sustainable and inclusive future economy.

The Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan will initially be focused on:

  • Careers We Want – up to £2,500,000 to drive strategic leadership of employment, skills and redundancy support through ESF (and other) funding streams.
  • Sector Support – up to £1,216,000 to drive productivity gains, growth and improved environmental performance in businesses across Cornwall

The investment will support improved skills employment and redundancy support, economic improvements through business and sector support, maximising the opportunity of remaining EU and national recovery funding and ensuring successor funding is optimised for sharing prosperity and levelling up. The Plan will help 5,780 people into training, skills or employment, support 402 business and create 25 jobs.

Adam Paynter, Lib Dem Deputy Leader at Cornwall Council said:

“The Covid-19 Recover Plan will ensure that local residents and businesses in Cornwall are supported during our recovery form the Covid-19 pandemic and during the transition as we leave the European Union. The Lib Dems on Cornwall Council have worked hard to support residents and local business through the pandemic and will continue to do so through.”

Malcolm Brown, the Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems on Cornwall Council added,

“The Lib Dem/ independent leadership of Cornwall Council has made considerable efforts to consult with local residents on the kind of Cornwall they would like to see through the ‘Cornwall We Want’ initiative.

“I was saddened at the time that the Conservatives opposed the adoption of this exhaustive consultation. Nevertheless, the Council is now moving forward to deliver on the findings of the ‘Cornwall We Want Consultation’. The Covid-19 Recovery Plan is the start of that process and I hope the Conservatives take the opportunity to get on board and start supporting Cornwall through our recovery.”

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