Category Cllr David Fothergill

Experts’ reports on Stronger Somerset

A series of experts’ reports have been published today analysing Stronger Somerset – a proposal to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with two new unitary authorities and a separate children’s services alternative delivery vehicle, shared services company, and a combined authority for the area. The Government is currently considering changing the way local councils work […]

Team effort to keep food support strong in pandemic

Somerset County Council has paid tribute to the partners who have helped make sure emergency food support has been readily available to anyone in Somerset who needs it throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Set up with the help of Somerset’s Local Authorities at the start of the pandemic, the Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce […]

More money for frontline services as council sets out spending plans

More money to support elderly and vulnerable people, more money for children in need, and more money to tackle the climate emergency have all been confirmed as Somerset County Council sets out its spending plan for the next financial year. The budget for 2021/22, which received cross-party support today at Full Council, also includes a […]

Care home film and blog shine light on unsung heroes of the pandemic

The tragic consequences of coronavirus on care staff and residents has been laid bare in a powerful account by a Somerset care home…

Prime Minister’s praise for Somerset’s Covid response

Somerset County Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been praised by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a letter sent to Council Leader David Fothergill, the Prime Minster also said the Government had no concern about the Council’s use of Covid-19 funding and thanked the council for voluntarily reporting back on spending. The letter […]

Somerset County Council supports the national vaccination effort

Hundreds of Somerset County Council staff are working tirelessly alongside the NHS and within communities to help support the fight back against Coronavirus. Somerset County Council officers are redeployed from their ‘business as usual’ jobs to project manage the setting up of Somerset’s GP vaccination hubs, now live across Somerset. Council staff are also contacting […]

Council staff step up to support vaccination programme

More than 700 Somerset County Council staff have stepped up to support the enormous challenge of rolling out the county’s biggest ever vaccination programme. SCC has been working alongside many partners to support the creation and logistics behind Somerset’s coronavirus vaccination centres, with more than 700 staff offering to support the NHS in any way […]

Planning for Christmas? Join us for the next live Somerset coronavirus Q&A session!

Somerset Public Health and Council leaders will be online this Thursday night (17 December) for a live Christmas coronavirus question and answer session. With the festive season fast approaching, a vaccination programme now underway in Somerset, and a review of the national tier system this week, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health Trudi Grant […]

One Somerset: Pledges launched as blueprint for better local services submitted to Government

·         One Somerset Business Case submitted to Government ·         Blueprint for better local services and better value for money published ·         10 clear public pledges launched to deliver One Somerset ·         Alternative district proposal condemned as a ‘Berlin Wall’ splitting county in half ·         District proposal replaces 5 councils with 5 organisations & ‘a plan […]

Somerset will be in Tier 2 from 2 December

Somerset County Council’s Leader, and Director of Public Health are urging people to show restraint as the Government’s new Covid-19 tier system was announced today Somerset will be placed in Tier 2* when national restrictions end on 2 December. The Tier covers all four districts – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton […]