Category Consultations

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 […]

Young people invited to have their say!

Children and young people across Somerset are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset libraries services until Wednesday 13 June. Over 3,970 responses to the consultation have been received so far, but the Council wants to hear from more young people. The consultation, which started in January, asks all Somerset residents […]

More chance to have your say on Somerset libraries

Somerset residents will have an extra seven weeks to share their views on the County Council’s proposals for its libraries. The closing date for the consultation has been extended from Sunday 22 April to Wednesday 13 June after listening to feedback from the public, partners, Councillors and communities. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources […]

Library Services Consultation Announced

A consultation on the future of how Somerset County Council library services could be delivered across Somerset is due to start at the end of this month. A formal decision was taken today to consult on a set of proposals that seek to put the service on a sustainable footing for the long-term, at a […]

Budget balancing events head to Minehead and Ilminster

Somerset County Council’s public engagement events will be heading into Minehead and making an impact in Ilminster this week. The ‘Listening Learning Changing’ roadshow is visiting 11 towns across the county this summer as the council looks to the future while facing the challenges of rising demand and falling funding. It will be in Wellington […]

Planning for your future childcare needs

Working parents of three and four year olds will receive 30 hours of funded childcare per week from September 2017. Somerset County Council wants to hear what families have to say on these plans and find out what their childcare needs are. New legislation from the government will allow parents, who work at least 16 […]

Families to be consulted on policy ‘Spring clean’

Parents, carers and young people are to be invited to feedback on a ‘Spring clean’ of Somerset’s education travel policy for pupils and students. Somerset County Council’s upcoming consultation is not about proposing any changes to education travel services. However the authority is planning to update the wording and terminology of its current policy to […]

Council listens to the public on community travel changes

Proposals to reduce a discretionary subsidy for free bus pass holders using community transport have been changed following a public consultation, Somerset County Council said today. Following residents’ feedback, the Council has decided to scrap a proposed drop in its 50 per cent discretionary subsidy for free bus pass users who use community transport, by […]

Have your say on the future of Somerset bus services and bus pass use

Somerset residents who use bus services subsidised by Somerset County Council are being urged to have their say on proposed changes to routes and concessionary fares. Two separate consultations have opened today (Monday 9 November) and will close on Monday 11 January 2016. If approved, they will come into effect in Spring 2016. The proposals […]

Asking for views in Axbridge, Taunton, Shepton Mallet, Dunster and Bridgwater

Somerset County Council’s public engagement roadshow is heading for towns in Mendip, West Somerset, Taunton Deane and Sedgemoor next month. During August, Listening Learning Changing events will take place in Axbridge (1 August), Taunton (15 August), Shepton Mallet (16 August), Dunster (21 August) and Bridgwater (22 August), seeking the public’s views on the Council’s priorities […]