Category Councillor Mandy Chilcott

£400k boost for vital Citizens Advice services

A group of Somerset charities which provide free, confidential, and impartial advice on everything from money and employment to housing and relationships have been awarded a grant of £400,000 by Somerset County Council. During the coronavirus pandemic, Citizens Advice services in Somerset have stepped up the services offered through their freephone Adviceline, with face-to-face appointments […]

£100k boost for Somerset employers

Somerset employers are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (February 8-14) after benefiting from an initiative that helps them to fund apprenticeship training. Somerset County Council, in partnership with Somerset Skills & Learning, has supported 15 Somerset employers by transferring more than £100,000 of apprenticeship levy funding in the last 12 months. The scheme supports Somerset based […]

Council’s improved finances recognised with top ranking

Somerset County Council’s significantly improved finances have been recognised by independent auditors in their end of year report. The turnaround in just two years has seen the Council move from an “adverse” Value for Money (VfM) conclusion to “unqualified” in 2019/20 – going from a very challenging position to the top ranking. The findings from […]

Council staff take on new roles to lead Somerset’s coronavirus response

More than 1,100 Somerset County Council staff have signed up to be redeployed in vital new roles during the coronavirus emergency. From joining adult social care teams to distributing nearly a million items of PPE, staff are temporarily leaving their ‘day jobs’ in other departments and taking on fresh roles where the need is greatest […]

Budget plans set out thriving and ambitious future for Council

New schools, investment in roads, a boost to local jobs and a dramatically improved financial outlook on a year ago were outlined by Somerset county councillors today. As well as the investment in services, there was a repeated commitment to no further frontline job cuts at the Council’s Cabinet meeting. Monday’s (10 February), Cabinet agreed […]

The flexible way for apprenticeships

Somerset businesses keen to take on an apprentice can now tap into help from Somerset County Council. The authority is making use of recent rule changes to offer ‘levy transfers’ that will cut the costs for businesses looking to take on an apprentice. The flexibility means that businesses believing they could not employ an apprentice […]

Money

Somerset’s financial position strengthened

Somerset County Council today reported a substantially improved financial position in its end of year financial report. A combination of extra one-off funding, technical adjustments and savings mean the council has been able to increase its levels of general reserves by £4.2m to what is considered a prudent level for an authority this size – […]