“Once again, the Westminster Government is failing in its responsibilities to Cornwall and Cornish identity”
Mebyon Kernow members are committed to continuing to campaign for fair funding for the Cornish language.”
It has previously been alleged that a five year programme of funding was actually in the 2015 “devolution deal” until removed by central government just before the document was finalised. The leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard, has since told the local media that he had been “reassured” by the DCLG that the removal of funding from the document “was a technical matter” and “that another funding route would be identified.”
Department for Communities and Local Government issued the following response:
“The Government has provided Cornwall Council with substantial spending power to allocate resources to their local priorities, including the Cornish language.
“The Government has always been clear that its funding of some £650,000 since 2010 to support the development of the Cornish language was time-limited, and that the Council should seek alternative sources in order to place it on a more sustainable basis.
“Cornwall Council has a core spending power of £1.7 billion over four years from which they can allocate the necessary resources to local priorities, including the development the Cornish language, if they wish.”