Category finance

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 […]

Consultation on council tax support scheme launched

A consultation on council tax support for the new unitary Somerset Council is launched today (25 July 2022). This is the first major policy consultation for the new council and it proposes that the lowest income households across Somerset get 100% council tax relief. Somerset’s four district councils currently offer varying levels of council tax […]

Council calls for action to address the cost-of-living emergency

Somerset County Council has declared a cost-of-living emergency and is calling on the Government to take immediate action to reduce the impacts on local people.  At a meeting of Full Council today, Councillors discussed the ongoing cost-of-living crisis which has seen household bills soar to the highest levels in history.  Councillors voted for the Chief […]

Support for Somerset households with food and energy bills

Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials over the coming months. Somerset County Council has been allocated £3.8m to distribute before September 30th as part of the second round of funding provided through the Government’s Household Support Fund. […]

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, […]

Somerset and Dorset receive £1million funding boost to support thousands of people into skilled jobs

Somerset County Council and Dorset County Council have been awarded nearly £1 million funding from the Department for Education’s National Skills Fund to run a third round of Skills Bootcamps. The Train4Tomorrow Skills Bootcamps are training courses up to 16 weeks long, providing adults with the opportunity to retrain into high-demand job roles in sectors […]

New Financial Wellbeing project launches

A new Somerset Financial Wellbeing project is being launched to support people concerned about money and help them to plan for a better financial future. The project is being delivered by the four Somerset-based credit unions: Westcountry Savings & Loans, Great Western Credit Union, Somerset Community Credit Union, and Mendip Community Credit Union. The exciting […]

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 […]

Second round of funding to boost Somerset business recovery

Businesses in Somerset are being urged to bid for grants to help them recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic.  Somerset County Council has launched a second round of the Somerset Restart and Recovery Programme to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 and successive lockdowns.  These could be organisations that often […]