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Care roles help: A new service, Proud to Care at Home, has been launched, which carefully matches people to care roles that support someone at home with their care and support needs. Proud to Care Cornwall has teamed up with attraction and retention specialist Just R to explore new ways of supporting people into care sector roles. Instead of people having to search for the right role themselves, they can apply through the Proud to Care at Home Facebook page. Find out more.

Safeguarding concerns: An online form that allows people to directly report safeguarding concerns about an adult in Cornwall has launched, which makes it easier for people to access the support they need. The form has been developed by Cornwall Council following feedback from people with experience of the safeguarding process and can be used to report concerns about adults experiencing abuse or neglect. It can also be used by professionals or if you yourself are experiencing abuse or neglect. Information about safeguarding adults and a link to the form can be found on Cornwall Council’s website. There is also a direct link to the form.

Family hubs: Cornwall has been chosen as a national ‘trailblazer’ to lead the way in offering support to parents, carers and children through its network of Family Hubs. Read more here.

No mayor: Cornwall Council cabinet members have confirmed that a proposed Level 3 Cornwall Devolution Deal, that includes the requirement for a directly-elected mayor, will not be pursued. Read more here.

Energy help available: Residents in Cornish homes with low energy efficiency ratings are set to benefit from a £25m government funding boost to make their homes warmer, greener, and cheaper to run. A £20.7m Home Upgrade Grant is being awarded to Cornwall Council from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero to fund improvements such as insulation and solar panels to private housing in rural parts of Cornwall. 

Any homeowner or private tenant whose home has an Energy Performance Certificate between D and G, who lives in a rural area, and has a household income of less than £31,000, is eligible to apply. Find out more here.

Care plan: A plan has been published that aims to develop Cornwall’s care sector market to become more sustainable. Cornwall Council, in partnership with NHS Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has published the plan, which looks at a range of solutions, such as developing Cornwall’s social care workforce, the delivery of home care, and the development and modernisation of accommodation with care. Read the full document here.

Property sought: Cornwall Council wants to hear from people who have a spare room, an empty property, or an unused annexe which could be home for a person or family in urgent need of somewhere to live. The council wants to work with residents as part of its commitment to tackle the unprecedented pressure on housing in Cornwall.

The amount of rent paid to the property owner will be in line with the latest Local Housing Allowance. The council will provide a full management service during the lease period (typically up to five years), with the property then returned to the owner in the same condition as when it was taken on. Find out more by emailing housingcommissioning@cornwall.gov.uk.

Fire alert: Residents across Cornwall are being asked to recycle old batteries to help prevent fires. When put in general rubbish, old batteries can cause fires in bin lorries and at the sites where rubbish is processed. Since the beginning of 2023, there have been two fires that were most likely caused by batteries being thrown in with general rubbish. One broke out on a bin lorry and the other at a household waste and recycling centre.

Housing cash: Cornwall Council has successfully bid for more than £1m of government funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities to work with landlords, particularly those who rent out houses of multiple occupation or converted flats where information available indicates standards are likely to be poor. The money will be used to help improve standards for tenants. The funding will be used to gather information about the conditions of specific groups of privately rented properties, and to engage with landlords so the council can work with them to improve the poor living conditions faced by some residents renting in Cornwall. This could result in formal enforcement action if necessary.