Author Archives: Mark Ford

More support for creative dementia projects

More creative and imaginative grass roots dementia support is being helped by grants from Somerset County Council. The authority is looking to invest more than half a million pounds to kick-start and extend projects and groups that run day-time activities for people with dementia and provide respite for their unpaid carers. Two new projects – […]

Innovative and inspirational social worker short-listed for Lifetime Achievement award

An inspirational Somerset County Council social worker has been short-listed for a prestigious award in recognition of her contribution to the profession over four decades. Locality Manager Chris Denovan, from East Huntspill, has been selected as a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement category in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards. She is one […]

Chairman’s award for World Cup hero

Local hero Jos Buttler has had his Cricket World Cup feats recognised with a special award from Somerset County Council. Wicketkeeper batsman Jos, originally from Wedmore, was a key figure in England’s historic World Cup win in July, including playing a pivotal role in the dramatic ‘super over’ in the final against New Zealand. In […]

Civil Partnerships for all

Somerset County Council’s Registration Service is ready and waiting for couples wishing to tie the knot through a new ‘opposite sex civil partnership’ next year. The service would love to hear from couples interested in booking a ceremony in 2020 following the change of Government legislation which will make civil partnerships available to opposite sex […]

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 […]