Tag Archives: Business Rates


Council Leader welcomes budget boost for Somerset

Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s funding announcement which should mean an extra £1m for the County Council and £6.8m for Somerset as a whole. The Minister Housing Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, confirmed that Somerset is to be included in the latest phase of the Business Rate Retention pilot scheme. The county and […]


Business Rates pilot could keep more cash in the County

Somerset’s County and District councils have bid to be part of a pilot scheme that could mean an extra £4m for the County Council. The Government has asked local authority areas if they want to be part of a Business Rates retention trial next financial year and Somerset’s authorities have jointly expressed their interest. The […]

Council urges statement of intent

Somerset County Council is calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use this month’s Autumn Statement to ease the pressure on local authority finances. Its Leader, Councillor John Osman, has written to Philip Hammond outlining steps that would help meet the challenge caused by falling funding and increased costs – particularly in social care. […]