Lord Berkeley: ‘Give Charles’s Duchy money to Cornwall’s serfs’

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Apr 8 00:56:22 BST 2013

‘Give Charles’s Duchy money to Cornwall’s serfs’

A LABOUR peer is demanding Prince Charles hand 
over the vast wealth of the Duchy of Cornwall to the county’s residents.
By: Camilla Tominey - Express - Published: Sun, April 7, 2013

Lord Berkeley has tabled a Private Members’ Bill 
calling for radical change to the estate, which 
provides Prince Charles with his income.
He wants to see all money generated go to local 
people and not the heir to the throne.
One of the largest private estates in Britain, 
the Duchy owns more than 120,000 acres of land, 
including two per cent of Cornwall and most of the Scilly Isles.
Created in 1337 by Edward III for his heir, 
Prince Edward, the Duchy’s assets are placed in 
trust for the benefit of present and future Dukes 
of Cornwall, the title also held by the Prince of Wales.
Last year the revenue surplus paid to the prince 
grew by 2.8 per cent to £18.3million. Under Lord 
Berkeley’s proposals, all the income Charles 
would normally receive would go into a trust for 
people living in the area, who some claim are treated little better than serfs.
He said: “The purpose of the Bill is to provoke a 
debate. What we need is a dialogue about the 
Duchy because it is not transparent enough. It acts as if it is above the law.
“There’s a sense that people are frightened of 
complaining or challenging it because they fear 
they’ll be kicked out of their homes or lose their jobs.”
Lord Berkeley said he was writing to Prince 
Charles to ask for his thoughts on the issue. The 
Duchy has refused to comment, insisting it is a matter for Parliament.
In 2011 Lord Berkeley sponsored a bill on marine 
navigation but was told it needed Charles’s 
consent because it affected the Duchy.
His latest move comes after residents objected to 
Duchy plans to build houses in Truro.

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