Author Archives: Mark Ford

Statement regarding tribunal

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “Following the transfer of the Learning Disabilities Provider Service to Discovery in April 2017, Unison brought an employment tribunal claim against Somerset County Council and Discovery. “This was relating to the adequacy of the information provided to staff prior to the transfer and the claim was due to […]

Double business boost as Enterprise Centres have lift off

Two business-boosting enterprise centres for Somerset have taken a great leap forward with work now underway at the sites in Wells and Wiveliscombe. Units have been craned onto the old Karro Food Group site at Sandys Moor in Wiveliscombe and will form part of the new, purpose-built centre which will offer ten offices, two meeting […]

It’s OK to ask for help

“It’s ok to ask for help” – that’s the message from organisations and agencies across Somerset who have a part to play in supporting children and families. It’s not unusual for many families to find themselves struggling at some stage. And, it’s important that those families feel confident enough to come forward and ask for […]

Apply now for your school place

Somerset parents are being urged to make sure they apply for school places online and in time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through the Somerset County Council’s website http://www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions The deadline for parents to submit applications for secondary school […]

Money

Auditors recognise progress

Somerset County Council’s improved finances have been recognised by auditors, according to a report to be discussed next week. The Value For Money update report from Grant Thornton, which will be considered by the Council’s Audit Committee, notes significant progress and the “positive trajectory” of the authority’s financial position and planning. In 2017/18, the Auditors […]

CDS ends Gigaclear contracts

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has announced the decision to end Gigaclear’s five contracts to deliver full-fibre broadband in Devon and Somerset. CDS intends to launch a fresh procurement on the open market this autumn, commencing a tender process to identify new provider(s) of these services. CDS and the Government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) agency […]

Cash up for grabs to fund young people’s campaigns in Somerset

Charities and community groups in Somerset are being invited to bid for a share of £50,000 for projects that inspire young people into social action. Somerset County Council is investing £25,000 from its new Prevention Fund into projects chosen by the Somerset Youth Parliament. Somerset Community Foundation will be working with the Youth Parliament to […]

Investing in families

Somerset County Council is extending a pilot project that should see nearly 100 families receive extra support when they need it. The Safe Families for Children scheme was trialled in Mendip and South Somerset last year and provides volunteer-led support for families struggling without traditional support networks to help them at times of crisis. The […]

Happy birthday Home First

Somerset’s Home First social care and health initiative is celebrating its second birthday, having helped more than 5,000 people return home from hospital sooner. Home First reduces hospital stays by offering patients the opportunity to finish their therapy out of the hospital with tailored help from professionals – providing better outcomes and freeing-up vital hospital […]

Money

Council welcomes Spending Review announcements

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed this week’s funding announcements – but said the push for cross-party work on long-term reform of social care funding must continue. In yesterday’s 2020/21 Spending Review announcements, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said councils will have access to an extra £1.5bn for care in 2020/21 as a […]