Author Archives: Mark Ford

Innovative approach on the cards to boost voter registration

Councils across Somerset are targeting properties with no registered voters in a bid to boost turn out for County Council elections on 4 May. In an innovative initiative, mock poll cards are being sent to almost 30,000 properties reminding the occupiers that they are not yet registered to vote. The cards, which are being distributed […]

Have your say on plans to upgrade the A358

Somerset residents are being urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton. Highways England announced today launched a public consultation on proposals to improve the route from the Southfields Roundabout to the M5 at Taunton. A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “The A358 is one of our […]

Notice given for County Council elections

Formal notice has now been given for elections to Somerset County Council that will take place on Thursday, 4 May. There are 55 seats available across the county when residents go to the polls, each a chance to make a real difference to local communities and get involved in the huge range of services provided […]

Cabinet agrees to continue transfer to new social enterprise

Key Somerset County Councillors today agreed to continue with the transfer of its in-house learning disabilities service to a new social enterprise next month. A meeting of the council’s Cabinet considered but rejected a request from a Scrutiny committee earlier in the month to delay the transfer and review the original decision to move to […]

Cabinet to consider compensation boost

A boost to compensation for staff transferring from Somerset County Council to a charity supporting vulnerable people will be discussed at a key meeting next week. Around 1,200 members of staff in the learning disabilities service are on track to transfer to a new social enterprise charity created in partnership with Dimensions in April. Dimensions […]

Council Leader welcomes social care funding and Green Paper pledge

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s announcement of extra money for social care and a commitment to address its long-term funding. In his budget, the Chancellor announced an extra of £2bn for local authorities over three years for social care, with £1bn available in the next financial year. Philip Hammond also revealed […]

One month left for would-be councillors to put themselves forward

Would-be councillors have one month left to put themselves forward for Somerset County Council elections in May. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April and there are 55 seats available to be filled when the county goes to the ballot box on 4 May. Each seat is a chance to make a […]

Minister lobbied on key issues

County Council Leader John Osman lobbied hard for Somerset residents during a visit from a key Government minister today (Thursday). Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for local government, was in Wells as part of a whistle-stop visit and in a ‘positive’ meeting Councillor Osman was able to press him on key issues facing the […]

Money

A £24m high five for economic growth

Somerset will benefit from around £24m of Government funding for five key projects to boost employment and economic growth. Today’s Growth Deal funding announcement from Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy allocated £43.5m to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), in which Somerset County Council is a key partner. It […]

Budget plans endorsed by Cabinet

Key Somerset County Councillors have endorsed plans to deliver a balanced budget despite huge financial pressures. The proposals look to deliver £18m of savings in the next financial year while protecting the frontline and meeting the rising demand for services. Like all local authorities, the council has faced a dramatic reduction in funding over the […]