Category One Somerset

Unitary proposals take big step forward as Government invites Somerset to submit plans

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has welcomed receipt of a letter from Government which paves the way for a new model of local government in the county. The County Council has asked the Government to consider replacing the five existing councils in Somerset with One Somerset – a simple, single unitary council to end confusion for residents, remove duplication and free […]

New report states the case for unitary councils

Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill today welcomed a new report making the case for unitary authorities based on county council boundaries. The report, Making Counties Count, is co-authored by Nick King, who was Chief of Staff to former Government Secretary of State Sajid Javid. He argues that county authorities are best placed to […]

Local Authorities key in driving forward growth

A new national report published this week highlights the importance Local Authorities play in driving forward growth post COVID-19 – and features Somerset as a key success story. The ‘Place-Based Recovery’ report, published by The County Council’s Network (CCN), highlights the importance local authorities have in driving forward investment, influence and action whilst supporting economic […]

Next big step forward for One Somerset

A comprehensive business case setting out the many benefits of a new single council for Somerset was today unanimously approved by Cabinet following a key vote today. Somerset County Council is developing plans to replace all five existing councils with a new single council for Somerset, with the business case highlighting a number of benefits, […]

One Somerset business case passes first test

Ambitious plans to create a new single council for Somerset passed their first public test today following debate at a key meeting. The One Somerset business case was discussed for the first time by Somerset County Councillors at today’s meeting of Scrutiny Policies and Place Committee. Around 30 questions were asked and answered and all […]