Tag Archives: David Fothergill

A clear case for One Somerset – why one council is better than five

A new single council for Somerset would put an end to confusion for residents, give greater powers to local communities and free up millions of pounds that can be reinvested in frontline services – that’s according to a new report out today. The business case for One Somerset, published today by Somerset County Council, highlights […]

Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan available online

Somerset County Council and partners released further detail today on how they will prevent and react to localised Coronavirus outbreaks after Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan was published online. Somerset cases continue to remain low compared to other parts of the country, but Coronavirus is proving to be a disease around clusters and outbreaks. To […]

Somerset County Council joins rural alliance to demand support for tackling climate change

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has joined a group of rural council leaders to promote the voice of the countryside in the climate change debate. A letter published today (24 June) in the Daily Telegraph by the new Countryside Climate Network, a cross-party group of 21 councils from every region in England, warns that […]

New figures show Council’s finances in strong position

Positive financial results and a major boost to reserves have put Somerset County Council in a strong position to cope with the coronavirus crisis. In the last financial year, Somerset County Council increased its reserves to £76.2m across the board and delivered efficiencies and cost-cutting measures that enabled a £6.4m underspend. It comes as councils […]

One Somerset engagement underway

Surveys of residents and businesses across the county will take place from this week as Somerset County Council gathers views towards disbanding all five councils and setting up a new single Unitary Authority. It follows a decision in February that Somerset County Council will look to reduce duplication and waste across the five councils and […]

If not now, then when? Crisis must bring change, says Council Leader

The Leader of Somerset County Council is urging action to secure the future of social care in the wake of COVID-19. Councillor David Fothergill has written to the Secretary of State saying that social care nationwide is at a ‘watershed’, with Coronavirus exposing its fragile state after decades of funding that has failed to match […]

County Council steps up to support Somerset in time of need

Somerset County Council is stepping up operations to support Somerset’s communities and keep people safe during the coronavirus emergency. The County Council will be increasing spending in several key areas in response to the pandemic. This includes expected spending of in excess of £10m for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by carers, social workers […]

How to get involved with virtual council meetings

Somerset County Council is due to hold its first virtual committee meetings next week and people can ask a question or simply listen in. Two Scrutiny meetings are scheduled for 6 May with Scrutiny for Adults and Health starting at 9.30am, followed by Scrutiny for Children and Families at 1pm. The press and public are […]

Top marks for ingenuity as Somerset schools rise to PPE challenge

Schools may be closed to most pupils during the Coronavirus pandemic – but they are using their skills and resources to help in the battle to protect frontline carers. The Castle School in Taunton has started making protective visors, using laser cutters, and is working with Somerset County Council and Somerset Care to make sure […]

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill is urging Somerset residents to do their bit to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, following the latest measures imposed by the Government. Last night, every citizen was directed by the Prime Minister to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. Non-essential shops and community spaces will be […]