Minority Groups: Cornwall

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to recognise the Cornish as a national minority.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The proud history, distinct culture and unique heritage of Cornwall is fully recognised by the Government, and the Cornish were recognised as a national minority in 2014. The Government will continue to work with Cornwall Council and its partners to encourage the further development of Cornish culture.

The Government has responded to the recommendations in the 2016 Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) Advisory Committee report and provided additional funding for Cornish culture and language support. In February 2017, the Government committed £100,000 over two years directly to Cornwall Council to provide further impetus to this work, complementing the devolution deal already reached with local partners. The Government is currently reviewing options for further funding from 2019/20 onwards.

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