Category Cllr David Fothergill

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 […]

£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund – 1 week to go to apply

Community organisations and city, town and parish councils are invited to apply for funding to become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset, ahead of the deadline of 12 November 2020. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available to support local […]

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently the council […]

Unitary proposals take big step forward as Government invites Somerset to submit plans

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has welcomed receipt of a letter from Government which paves the way for a new model of local government in the county. The County Council has asked the Government to consider replacing the five existing councils in Somerset with One Somerset – a simple, single unitary council to end confusion for residents, remove duplication and free […]

Board urges people to follow government guidelines as Mendip sees increase in positive coronavirus cases

The Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board is urging people in the Mendip area to stay vigilant after a significant rise in positive coronavirus cases. Although the rates of infection remain low in Somerset as a whole, there is an increase in numbers in the county with more cases emerging in Mendip. Of the 59 new […]

Grants from The Somerset Fund to help local charities thanks to generous local businesses

If you are a grassroots community group based in Somerset, grants are available up to the value of £2,500 from The Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages the Fund and is encouraging applications from smaller charities and community groups that run on less than £100,000 per year. The grants will be ‘unrestricted’, which means […]

New report states the case for unitary councils

Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill today welcomed a new report making the case for unitary authorities based on county council boundaries. The report, Making Counties Count, is co-authored by Nick King, who was Chief of Staff to former Government Secretary of State Sajid Javid. He argues that county authorities are best placed to […]

Local Authorities key in driving forward growth

A new national report published this week highlights the importance Local Authorities play in driving forward growth post COVID-19 – and features Somerset as a key success story. The ‘Place-Based Recovery’ report, published by The County Council’s Network (CCN), highlights the importance local authorities have in driving forward investment, influence and action whilst supporting economic […]

Board backs Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan

Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan, setting out how the County Council and partners, will prevent and react to local coronavirus outbreaks, has been formally endorsed. Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board held its first meeting on Friday 31 July when members considered and backed the plan and its approach. The Board heard that Somerset cases continue […]

Next big step forward for One Somerset

A comprehensive business case setting out the many benefits of a new single council for Somerset was today unanimously approved by Cabinet following a key vote today. Somerset County Council is developing plans to replace all five existing councils with a new single council for Somerset, with the business case highlighting a number of benefits, […]