Category Democracy

Council to consider emergency measures via Skype

The special Full Council meeting of Somerset County Council on Friday (March 27) will not go ahead as planned in light of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This meeting was scheduled to consider delegating democratic and decision-making arrangements during the pandemic. Cancelling the meeting will avoid elected members having to meet in person and is […]

Climate Change and school speeding drivers targeted in big Council initiatives

Somerset County Council today signalled a new approach to help combat climate change, a major investment in 20mph zones outside schools and innovation in social care as it approved its key budget for next year. In the Leader’s speech, Cllr David Fothergill set out ambitious plans that would see over £1m made available next year […]

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 […]

Search is on for Somerset’s heroes

The search is on for community heroes as the Chair of Somerset County Council calls for nominations for his annual Community Awards. Each year the Chair presents awards to those who have made an outstanding contribution to their community and Councillor Nigel Taylor is asking the public to come forward with their suggestions. Last year’s […]

Make your voices heard, young people in Somerset are urged

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is now underway as young people aged 11-18 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council is promoting the UK-wide Make Your Mark project which aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Sign up to big vote urges Somerset Youth Parliament

  The call is going out to make sure as many young people as possible make their voices heard in the UK’s biggest youth consultation. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council, is promoting this year’s Make Your Mark campaign which enables people aged 11 to 18 vote on the issues which […]

Somerset Youth Parliament Members launch their Manifesto

Young people from Somerset elected to ensure the voices of their peers are heard across the County have unveiled their Manifesto. The three recently elected Somerset Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs), supported by Somerset County Council, are proud to announce the release of the booklet which outlines their key campaigns. These are: Save Our Environment […]

Cabinet backs savings rethink thanks to extra funding

Extra funding could be made available to allow a full review of Somerset County Council’s winter gritting service if recommendations from today’s Cabinet meeting are supported by Full Council next week. Thanks to better than expected finalised funding for 2019/20, Cabinet supported plans to provide up to £200,000 which will see the reversal of the […]

Somerset’s Members of Youth Parliament debate key issues in Westminster

Young people from Somerset have been rubbing shoulders with senior MPs in debates at the House of Commons. Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) Hanna Wittek (Sedgemoor & Mendip), Leonie Robertson (South Somerset) and Jago Yelland (Taunton Deane & West Somerset) met with elected MYPs from across the UK in Westminster last month to represent their […]

Thousands of young people in Somerset make their voices heard

Young people in Somerset played a key role in supporting a major national initiative aimed at making the voices of the UK’s youth heard. This years Make Your Mark Big Vote netted over a million votes from young people up and down the country thanks to the efforts of the Youth Parliament. Somerset’s Youth Parliament […]