Category Cllr David Fothergill

Somerset County Council joins rural alliance to demand support for tackling climate change

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has joined a group of rural council leaders to promote the voice of the countryside in the climate change debate. A letter published today (24 June) in the Daily Telegraph by the new Countryside Climate Network, a cross-party group of 21 councils from every region in England, warns that […]

New figures show Council’s finances in strong position

Positive financial results and a major boost to reserves have put Somerset County Council in a strong position to cope with the coronavirus crisis. In the last financial year, Somerset County Council increased its reserves to £76.2m across the board and delivered efficiencies and cost-cutting measures that enabled a £6.4m underspend. It comes as councils […]

If not now, then when? Crisis must bring change, says Council Leader

The Leader of Somerset County Council is urging action to secure the future of social care in the wake of COVID-19. Councillor David Fothergill has written to the Secretary of State saying that social care nationwide is at a ‘watershed’, with Coronavirus exposing its fragile state after decades of funding that has failed to match […]

County Council steps up to support Somerset in time of need

Somerset County Council is stepping up operations to support Somerset’s communities and keep people safe during the coronavirus emergency. The County Council will be increasing spending in several key areas in response to the pandemic. This includes expected spending of in excess of £10m for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by carers, social workers […]

How to get involved with virtual council meetings

Somerset County Council is due to hold its first virtual committee meetings next week and people can ask a question or simply listen in. Two Scrutiny meetings are scheduled for 6 May with Scrutiny for Adults and Health starting at 9.30am, followed by Scrutiny for Children and Families at 1pm. The press and public are […]

Funding goes to the grassroots

More than £100,000 of grassroots funding is being awarded across Somerset for community projects that improve lives thanks to a new County Council scheme. The Improving Lives Grants Scheme was created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive. Each of Somerset’s 55 County […]

Volunteering is a two-way street

Volunteering is a two-way street – helping people give their knowledge and talents to benefit their community and receiving enjoyment, friendship and new skills in return. Somerset County Council is always keen to recruit new volunteers – and to thank those who give up their time so freely. Age is no barrier as proved by […]

Climate Change and school speeding drivers targeted in big Council initiatives

Somerset County Council today signalled a new approach to help combat climate change, a major investment in 20mph zones outside schools and innovation in social care as it approved its key budget for next year. In the Leader’s speech, Cllr David Fothergill set out ambitious plans that would see over £1m made available next year […]

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Grant funding at the grassroots

Grassroots community groups are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £1,500 from The Somerset Fund with the deadline for the next round of funding approaching fast. Somerset County Council strongly supports Somerset Community Foundation’s initiative that provides financial support for groups that are anchored firmly within their neighbourhood. Businesses too are urged […]

Are you ready for Fizz Free February?

Fizz Free February is coming to Somerset for the first time with the County Council encouraging children, families, organisations and businesses to make the pledge to #gofizzfree for the month. Saturday 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 29 days.  It is part of the […]