Category Cllr David Fothergill

New Monthly Social Group for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Make new friends, have your say and have fun are the key aims of a new Taunton monthly peer support group for adults with learning disabilities launching this month. Taking place in Taunton Library, the first meeting is due to take place on 15 March from 11am to 12.30pm and is free to attend. As […]

Money

Sustainability a top priority as County Council agrees budget plans

Somerset County Council today approved a budget and financial plan that paves the way for medium-term financial sustainability. The plans see £780m spent on services in the county next year and a 2.99 percent increase in the County Council’s element of Council Tax. Along with a government approved additional one per cent increase ring-fenced for […]

Cabinet backs savings rethink thanks to extra funding

Extra funding could be made available to allow a full review of Somerset County Council’s winter gritting service if recommendations from today’s Cabinet meeting are supported by Full Council next week. Thanks to better than expected finalised funding for 2019/20, Cabinet supported plans to provide up to £200,000 which will see the reversal of the […]

Could you help and support a young person?

Volunteers who can speak up for and support young people are being sought by Somerset County Council. Adults are needed across the County to give a helping hand to children and young people who may need a bit of extra support by becoming advocates or ‘independent visitors’ through the Council’s Route 1 advocacy service. Advocates […]

Council’s customer contact centre is best in South West – it’s official!

Somerset County Council’s Customer Service team has been crowned the best customer contact centre of its size in the region. Triumphing over tough opposition from across the public and private sectors, Somerset Direct netted the South West Contact Centre of the Year Award. As well as being crowned the best in the South West, Somerset […]

School’s £3 million performance art and science facilities unveiled

A major new expansion to Taunton’s Heathfield School has been officially handed over to the school following the completion of a Somerset County Council multi-million project. Pupils can now enjoy the use of two state-of-the-art performance studios and new science labs, as well as new art rooms in the two-storey building, thanks to a Somerset […]

Ready to help make mischief?

Volunteers are needed to pass along their love of reading to children and young people during this year’s ‘Mischief Maker’s’ Summer Reading Challenge taking place across all Somerset Libraries. Last year over 7,700 Somerset children and young people took part in the Challenge, which encourages them to read at least six books over the summer […]

Thank you, Volunteers!

A number of celebratory events and activities are planned to take place during National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) to thank and honour Somerset’s thousands of unsung heroes. Volunteers are invaluable in improving lives, giving as little or as much of their time to help others, the environment and communities. Evidence also shows volunteering is good […]

Journey begins towards improved road and rail links

Councillors in Devon and Somerset have backed proposals for a streamlined transport panel for the South West to campaign for better road and rail links. The panel would cover Somerset, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay as well as Cornwall and potentially Dorset. The Government initiative received backing from the Heart of the South West Joint Committee […]

Peer review praises revitalised and ambitious County Council

Local Government experts have recognised significant improvements and commended management and leadership at Somerset County Council. The Council invited a Corporate Peer Challenge from the Local Government Association as part of its commitment to continued development and improvement. The team of senior staff from other local authorities visited in March and the feedback report published […]