Category One Somerset

Be a champion for your community

The clock is ticking down on the deadline for candidates to come forward if they want to stand for election in Somerset in May. There are around five weeks to go before nominations close for those interested in standing as one of Somerset’s community champions at county or local level. Candidates can also attend a […]

The last ever Somerset County Council budget is a “Budget for the future” says Council Leader

Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, has praised the team responsible for producing “the most positive budget in my time as Leader”. Speaking at Full Council as the 2022/23 Council budget was approved today (23 February), Cllr Fothergill said: “While other councils are dipping into reserves to fund day to day spending – […]

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 […]

Help us shape a new unitary council for Somerset

Organisations from across the county are joining together to deliver a new unitary council for Somerset – and local people are encouraged to be part of the conversation. A public meeting is planned at Donyatt Village Hall, near Ilminster, on 25th November, 3pm until 5pm. It’s the third in a series of monthly events where […]

Help shape the future of public services in Somerset

Somerset County Council is inviting residents, businesses and organisations across Somerset to join discussions to help shape the future of public services in the county. The Government’s eight-week consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset closed on 19 April and letters have been sent to households across Somerset inviting people to get involved in the […]

The future of local government in Somerset: Last chance to have your say

It’s the last week for people to have their say on the future of local government in Somerset as the Government’s consultation draws to a close.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MGCLG) is asking for views on proposals to replace Somerset’s five existing councils with a new unitary system.  The consultation formally closes on 19 April after an eight-week period and […]

Councillors scrutinise impacts of a two-unitary system on adult and children’s services

A special Scrutiny meeting was held today to discuss the potential impact of a two-unitary system of local government on adult social care and children’s services. The Government is currently consulting with the public on proposals to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with a new unitary system. Today, a special Joint Scrutiny for Adults, Health, […]

Councillors scrutinise Somerset unitary proposals

Proposals to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with a new system of local government were scrutinised at a public meeting yesterday (Wednesday 10 March). The Government is considering changing the way local councils work in Somerset and a public consultation is now open. Members sitting on Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee […]

Experts’ reports on Stronger Somerset

A series of experts’ reports have been published today analysing Stronger Somerset – a proposal to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with two new unitary authorities and a separate children’s services alternative delivery vehicle, shared services company, and a combined authority for the area. The Government is currently considering changing the way local councils work […]

One Somerset: Pledges launched as blueprint for better local services submitted to Government

·         One Somerset Business Case submitted to Government ·         Blueprint for better local services and better value for money published ·         10 clear public pledges launched to deliver One Somerset ·         Alternative district proposal condemned as a ‘Berlin Wall’ splitting county in half ·         District proposal replaces 5 councils with 5 organisations & ‘a plan […]