Category Councillor Mandy Chilcott

County Council publishes proposed 2022/2023 budget

Balanced budget with major investment in Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. Boost for climate change action.  Somerset County Council has published its last draft proposed budget ahead of the creation of a new unitary Somerset Council in April 2023.   The council is proposing major increases in investment in care services, with an increase for […]

Sound financial management enables balanced budget says Council Leader as consultation starts 

As consultation into Somerset County Council’s last ever budget opens, Council Leader Cllr David Fothergill has highlighted how several years of prudent financial management has meant the Council should be able to set a balanced budget for 2022/23. Councillor David Fothergill said: “Careful financial management over the last few years has left us in a sound financial position and the County […]

Temporary Minehead Library to close after October half term

Following the start of works to refurbish Minehead Library in March of this year, Somerset County Council temporarily relocated the library and registration services to the Old Hospital building in the town centre. We are very grateful to the Minehead Connect CIC for all their efforts in supporting the library service in Minehead over the […]

Minehead Library – a new carbon efficient chapter

Plans are under way to refurbish Minehead Library, which will see the ageing building transformed into a modern flexible space for all the community. As part of the modernisation, a series of energy saving measures will be implemented to optimise the energy consumption of the building, supporting the Council’s on-going commitment to the Climate Emergency […]

County Council invests £70m in improving lives in Somerset

Somerset County Council is investing more than £70 million over the next three years in projects that will help improve residents’ everyday lives. The capital programme budget, approved by Full Council, brings spending on both large and smaller schemes, to £213m when investments announced for the current financial year are taken into account. The boost […]

£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 […]