Category Councillor Liz Leyshon

Consultation opens into new single Somerset Council budget. New Council targets support for key services and vulnerable residents

The proposed budget for the new unitary Somerset Council is published today. The proposals, set to be discussed by the Council’s Executive on Wednesday 18 January, will be the first time the services and costs from all four District Councils and the County Council have been brought together. Consultation into the proposed budget runs until […]

Lowest income households to pay no Council Tax under new Somerset Council scheme. Fifty percent discount for foster carers.

A new, unified Council Tax Reduction Scheme targeting help at people on low incomes, care leavers, and foster carers has been agreed for Somerset from 1 April 2023 when the new Somerset Council comes into being. The Scheme was approved by Somerset County Council on November 23. The scheme will be simpler and fairer and […]

“Don’t forget the most vulnerable in budget” Council Leaders’ plea to Chancellor

Council leaders in Somerset have highlighted the need to support care services in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement next week.  Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Jeremy Hunt was the minister who brought social care into the same department as health, so he more than anyone understands that the country can’t have a properly functioning NHS […]

Somerset County Council Customer Services team named best in the South West 

Somerset County Council’s Contact Centre has been recognised for its outstanding work supporting residents who call up the council for help.  The SCC Contact Centre was named the South West Contact Centre Forum (SWCCF) ‘Contact Centre of the Year – in house’ winner for 2022.  The Contact Centre team deal with more than 300,000 interactions […]

County Council prompt payment policy to support Somerset business welcomed

Somerset County Council has introduced a policy of a seven-day turnaround for payments to Somerset-based businesses. Revisions to the council’s payments system now means that all companies with a Somerset postcode will automatically receive payment within seven days of their invoice being received by the council. The more typical payment rate for all business is […]

Council to end lease of Dillington House

Somerset County Council’s Executive has confirmed that the council will seek to end its activities at Dillington House in Ilminster on 30th September 2023. Operations in the building currently run at a substantial loss and this decision will enable resources to be focused on its statutory duties. The council has leased the 16th Century Grade […]

Council’s double delight at Somerset Education Business Partnership awards

Somerset County Council picked up two honours at the recent Somerset Education Business Partnership (SEBP) Awards held in Bridgwater.  Somerset County Council collected one award for its work supporting young people faced with disadvantages in getting work opportunities, and another for the way the Highways team delivered social and community benefits throughout the pandemic.  The […]

Somerset County Council ranks in Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2022 list

Somerset County Council has been named as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK by the Department for Education. The County Council came in 67th on the prestigious list and was one of just three Local Authorities to be included in the Top 100. To mark the occasion, Somerset Support Services for […]

New Somerset Council: Budget faces combination of challenges as inflation hits all councils

Papers published today (1 July 2022) show the challenge that inflation is presenting to council budgets. The team putting together the budget for the new Somerset Council will be bringing together the budgets of the five current councils and delivering the planned £18.5 million in savings from the move to a single unitary council. However, […]

Gifted Levy partnership helps care home apprenticeships in Somerset

Somerset County Council has linked up with one of the UK’s leading training providers and a fast-growing care company to help ease the industry-wide staffing crisis in residential care homes in the region. The Council is helping to fund the training of 14 new apprentices to support care home provider Harbour Healthcare. Harbour Healthcare has […]