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By West Briton  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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TO mark its fifth anniversary the West Briton asked Cornwall Council to reflect on its Top 10 stand-out policies during its first half-decade.

1. Financial savings – The council has delivered £170m savings over four years, with just £11m coming from frontline services. It has also saved £1.2 million by reducing the number of offices and buildings inherited from the previous authorities from 180 to 94.

2. Providing Cornish households with warmer homes – 8,500 households in Cornwall are now living in warmer homes with reduced energy bills as a result of energy-saving schemes supported by the council.

3. Lowering energy bills – Through the Cornwall Together scheme 1,200 households have switched energy suppliers and saved an average of £133 a year on energy bills.

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4. New homes – 721 empty properties have been brought back into use since 2010.

5. New technology – 221,511 homes and businesses in Cornwall can now access superfast fibre broadband thanks to the partnership between the council, BT and European Union.

6. Increased employment – More than 5,000 jobs have been created or safeguarded in Cornwall through the council and Cornwall Development Company activity, including 184 new jobs on the Aerohub @ Newquay Cornwall Airport Enterprise Zone.

7. Integrated health and social care – In 2013 Cornwall was chosen as one of 14 pioneer areas for its plans to join up health and social care services.

8. Increased transparency - Cornwall Council is more open than ever before and recently held its biggest budget and services consultation. In addition, councillors hold monthly radio phone-in surgeries and Cornwall Council leader, John Pollard, has made more information about the council's day-to-day activities and spending available to the public.

9. Transport improvements – Cornwall Council has worked with central government to dual the A30 at Temple and secure the air link to London.

10. Reduction in parking costs – The council has cut parking costs for local people and businesses by reducing the price of season tickets and pay and display charges.

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