WHAT WE STAND FOR:
- A fully-funded and publicly owned NHS
- Improved services for social care and mental health support
- Proportional representation in all elections
- Accountability and transparency of local government
- Non-selective education and disbanding MATs
People living in Cornwall deserve to have access to high-quality, affordable, inclusive public services.
We wholeheartedly support the NHS, and we firmly oppose the gradual privatisation of health care that is currently taking place at both a national and local level.
We support an integrated health and social care strategy that ensures the physical and mental wellbeing of all Cornwall residents.
In particular, we recognise the need to improve mental health services, particularly those for young people, with more early intervention strategies to avoid escalation where possible.
We will campaign for greater transparency and accountability from democratic services. Cornwall Council has been heavily criticised for using funding ineffectively, so we will be working to provide better value-for-money to taxpayers, without resorting to privatisation.
The Devolution Deal brings opportunities to devise an integrated transport service, and we are committed to ensuring that bus services reliably meet the needs of our communities.
Our transport network must offer faster, reliable and more frequent services, with a greater focus on linking towns across Cornwall as an alternative to private car use.
Providing the most sustainable and environmentally sound solutions is vital: we will support all opportunities to make cycling to work safer and more convenient for commuters, and to replace fossil fuel technologies with electric alternatives.
We value the outstanding work of local teachers and schools in ensuring that young people have the opportunity to learn and develop in a safe environment, and condemn the development of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), which redirects funding to Executive Principals’ pockets instead of the classroom and young learners.
We believe in inclusive and accessible education for all young people and would oppose the development of grammar schools within Cornwall. Learning is an exciting, spontaneous and personal journey but the pressure of exams and a content-driven curriculum is putting young people under ever-greater stress.
As part of our commitment to education, Cornwall Greens will support post-16 and adult education initiatives, to ensure that people of all ages have access to education and training opportunities.