Category Consultations

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 […]

Seeking views in Shepton Mallet, Chard, Castle Cary and Minehead

Somerset County Council’s public engagement roadshow will be calling in at four more towns this month. Shepton Mallet (24 July), Chard (25 July), Castle Cary (28 July) and Minehead (31 July) will all play host to ‘Listening Learning Changing’ events, seeking the public’s thoughts on the Council’s priorities and other key issues. This is the […]

On the road again: How would you balance the Council’s budget?

Somerset County Council’s public engagement events are on the road again this month as the authority faces up to the challenge of rising demand and falling funding. This is the third year the Council has run its ‘Listening, Learning, Changing’ roadshows, asking people to try their hand at balancing its budget with an over-sized set […]

Have your say about Somerset’s oral health

Somerset County Council is asking for people’s views on how oral health, particularly for children and young people, can be improved throughout the County. A quarter of all five year olds and a third of 12 year olds have dental decay in Somerset. Most oral health diseases are entirely preventable. The consultation, located at […]

A new chapter for Library Services in Somerset

Free wi-fi and computer usage and an extra £10,000 per year for outreach library services are just a few of the changes being made to Somerset’s Library Service. These changes were approved today by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Members and will contribute towards savings of £472,000 for the next financial year (2015/16). The changes being […]