Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Celebrating our dedicated staff on World Social Work Day

The spotlight is on Somerset County Council’s Social Workers today as they join a global celebration of those undertaking one of the most difficult jobs in society. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the Council’s work. And today, March 19, World Social Work Day, […]

Yeovil Copse Road junction next for switch-on

The Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is set to reach another landmark next week with the switch-on of the new upgraded Copse Road junction. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. […]

Ofsted finds positive improvement during inspection of Children’s Services

Vulnerable children in Somerset are receiving an improving service with confident staff making good decisions, a report from the regulator Ofsted has concluded. Ofsted inspectors carried out a snap inspection of Somerset County Council’s early help and social work teams to assess how cases were dealt with in the community. Inspectors found good practice and […]

Council’s pledge on climate change

Somerset County Council today joined local authorities across the country in declaring a climate emergency. A cross party initiative proposed by Cllr Tessa Munt and seconded by Cabinet Member David Hall at today’s Full Council meeting will see county-wide action and £25,000 allocated by the Council to fund dedicated work on getting a strategy off […]

Money

Sustainability a top priority as County Council agrees budget plans

Somerset County Council today approved a budget and financial plan that paves the way for medium-term financial sustainability. The plans see £780m spent on services in the county next year and a 2.99 percent increase in the County Council’s element of Council Tax. Along with a government approved additional one per cent increase ring-fenced for […]

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel ‘disappointed’ with Police and Crime Commissioner’s precept response

The Panel acknowledges the Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to the Panel’s formal report confirming approval of her Council Tax precept proposal for 2019/20, however they remain disappointed that many of their concerns have not been adequately addressed. Her recognition of the impact of the proposal on Council Tax payers is welcome and reflects the […]

Cabinet backs savings rethink thanks to extra funding

Extra funding could be made available to allow a full review of Somerset County Council’s winter gritting service if recommendations from today’s Cabinet meeting are supported by Full Council next week. Thanks to better than expected finalised funding for 2019/20, Cabinet supported plans to provide up to £200,000 which will see the reversal of the […]

Keep warm and well in the freeze

Somerset’s Public Health lead is urging people to keep warm and well and look out for their vulnerable friends, family and neighbours during the cold weather. The Met Office has issued an amber snow warning for South West England which could see some significant snowfalls in the Somerset across this afternoon (Thursday, 31 January), into […]

Roadshow brings Somerset’s Local Offer to your doorstep

An online one-stop-shop for education, health and social care information for children with Special Education Needs is being promoted at roadshows across Somerset. The events in Frome, Bridgwater, Compton Dundon and Wincanton are highlighting the Local Offer website published by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. It contains clear information about the […]

Council’s £600,000 special educational needs boost

Education for children with Special Educational Needs in and around Yeovil is set for a boost as a major expansion project takes a big step forward. The Somerset County Council scheme will see a £400,000 expansion of a centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder conditions (ASC) at Preston School in Yeovil. The facility […]