Author Archives: Mark Ford

Future funding protects the past

Somerset County Council has renewed its commitment to the county’s heritage – agreeing to maintain its funding at current levels for the next five years. Despite the huge pressures on its budget, the Council will grant the South West Heritage Trust over £1.6m per year over the next five years – £8.1m in total. The […]

Somerset Panorama films – available on BBC iPlayer

In case you missed them, the must-watch Panorama social care documentaries filmed with Somerset County Council are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The two, hour-long films have put the issue of pressures facing social care and the need for a long-term funding solution on the national agenda. Powerful and moving, they are the result of […]

Minister’s tribute to Somerset’s Panorama role

The Minister for Health and Social Care today paid tribute to Somerset County Council for its work with Panorama highlighting the pressures on social care. Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, said that Somerset had “done a service to all those who care about social care” by allowing documentary makers to film with its adult […]

£1m Prevention Fund to improve lives

Local councillors and Somerset’s Youth Parliament will be helping distribute a new £1m County Council Prevention Fund, under plans being looked at next week. The fund, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (10 June), has been set-up to finance Council work and community projects that prevent issues, problems and needs developing; […]

Reduce the risks in your home

Somerset County Council and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week (Monday 3 June – Sunday 9 June 2019) to help keep children safe at home. This year’s theme is ‘Family life today: where’s the risk?’ The campaign highlights the increasing dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep […]

Second Panorama film set for broadcast

The second of two Panorama documentary films about the pressures facing social care across the country will be aired on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1. The films are the result of ten months filming with Somerset County Council’s adult social care teams, shining a light on the incredible work going on in care and the […]

Green shoots as Somerset recovers

A series of environmentally-friendly initiatives and an end to cuts to frontline services were among the plans outlined in a speech at Somerset County Council’s annual meeting. Council Leader David Fothergill set out a series of “bold and ambitious” ideas and proposals at County Hall which also included bringing new life to discussions about the […]

Putting care in the spotlight

Somerset County Council will be helping put the pressures facing care for the elderly and vulnerable at top of the national agenda this month.   The Council’s Adult Social Care services are the subject of two, hour-long films by the BBC’s Panorama team, scheduled to be broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm Wednesday 29 May and […]

New lease of life for old school

The former school building in Queen Camel, near Yeovil, is to have a new lease of life after being sold to a village community trust. This month, Somerset County Council sold the site of the old school in Queen Camel to the Queen Camel Community Land Trust Ltd for £250,000. The building has been out […]

Proposals to step-up support for young carers

Proposals to provide better support for more young carers will be considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet later this month. There are an estimated 1,750 young carers in Somerset but at any one time the Council’s existing arrangements only support around 150. On Monday (13 May) Cabinet will decide whether to approve plans that aim […]