Category finance

“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 […]

Support to mitigate impact of Cost of Living crisis this winter

Somerset County Council’s Executive today (Wednesday, 19 October) approved a wide-ranging package of support to help Somerset people deal with the impacts of the Cost of Living crisis this winter. Support includes financial assistance with food and energy bills through the Household Support Fund, a ‘Warm Welcome’ network of venues where people can find warmth […]

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 […]