Author Archives: Mark Ford

Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital through Somerset’s Homefirst scheme

Patients avoided 7,500 nights in hospital and the NHS saved at least £2m to be reinvested by choosing a tailored Somerset help at home scheme. The pioneering ‘Homefirst’ scheme, which has been jointly developed by the County Council’s adult social care team and the county’s hospitals, reduces hospital stays by up to 10 days by […]

Proposals to bridge budget gap

Proposals to bridge around £8m of Somerset County Council’s projected budget gap for next financial year will be discussed this month. The Authority’s Scrutiny meetings and Cabinet will consider the plans as part of the budget-setting process that culminates at full council next month. For 2019/20, decisions and actions already taken address around £7m of […]

County Hall opening hours

In a change to previous years, the reception at County Hall in Taunton will be closed from Monday 24 December until Sunday 30 December. The building will reopen as normal on Monday 31 December and close again on Tuesday 1 January. It will then be business as usual from Wednesday 2 January. You can still […]

Chairman sees Royal Mail getting the festive season sorted

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, visited Taunton’s Royal Mail sorting office today to see the county’s postal system gearing up for its biggest week of the year. The Chip Lane office handles post for the TA and Yeovil postcodes and expects to process more than 300,000 items each day this week. There were […]

Money

Council Leader welcomes budget boost for Somerset

Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s funding announcement which should mean an extra £1m for the County Council and £6.8m for Somerset as a whole. The Minister Housing Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, confirmed that Somerset is to be included in the latest phase of the Business Rate Retention pilot scheme. The county and […]

Highbridge Enterprise Centre hits warp-speed

Businesses in Somerset now have even more help to grow with the help of the County Council’s network of Enterprises Centres. The Highbridge Enterprise Centre, which is already home to 15 businesses and 35 jobs, has had a £470,000 expansion. Three more light industrial units have been opened, providing an extra 234 square metres of […]

Help us help you: Heart of the South West message to Minister

Leaders from authorities across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are calling on Government to help them play a greater role in getting ready for the impacts of Brexit. In a letter to the Minister for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), signed jointly by Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the HotSW Joint Committee […]

School admissions – apply online and in time

Parents across the county whose children need school places next September are being urged to get online and apply before the January deadline. The last day for applications for primary admissions is 15 January – this includes children starting school for the first time or moving from Infant to Junior and First to Middle schools […]

A month left to give views on proposed changes to services for children and their families

There’s still one month left for people to share their views about proposed changes to the support Somerset County Council provides to some children and families. Hundreds of people have already taken part in the consultation on potential changes to the getset Service; but more feedback, comments and views are wanted before the deadline of […]

Thirteen potential Community Library Partnerships announced

Community partners leading 13 potential Community Library Partnerships were announced today (3 December). On 5 November, Somerset County Council revealed it would retain 19 of its existing libraries and seek help from communities to run 15 other library buildings. Of these 15, potential community partners have stepped forward to express an interest in forming a […]