Tag Archives: David Fothergill

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Extra funding welcomed but lobbying to continue

Somerset County Council has cautiously welcomed extra Government funding announced this week. An additional £150m has been made available to local authorities across the country and Somerset will get £2m, with £1.5m earmarked to ease pressures on Adult Social Care budgets and the rest in recognition of the extra costs facing rural councils. This comes […]

Inspection recognises progress

A full inspection of Somerset’s Child Social Care services has resulted in an improved rating for the County Council. The Ofsted report published today says that Somerset’s children’s services ‘Require Improvement to be Good’ and points to steady progress since the last inspection in 2015, with improved quality,  smaller caseloads and a culture of openness […]

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Plans outlined as Council looks to bridge budget gap

Plans to bridge a £13m budget gap will be discussed next week as Somerset County Council seeks to protect services for the most vulnerable while Government funding falls. The Council will continue to spend more than £300m on services to residents. The plans focus on a combination of savings and proposals to make use of […]

Full Council backs Joint Committee plans

Somerset County Council’s Full Council today approved proposals to take the next step towards a potential Devolution deal. It backed a set of recommendations to establish a Joint Committee for the Heart of the South West (HotSW) area that would be the vehicle to take forward positive discussions with Government about Devolution. For more than […]

Fewer casualties but more deaths on Somerset’s roads in 2016

Somerset’s roads are statistically the safest they have ever been – but sadly there was a small increase in the number of deaths last year. The number of people seriously injured on Somerset’s roads dropped by almost 16 per cent from 188 in 2016 to 158 compared to 2015, however the number of fatalities rose […]

Cabinet backs Joint Committee plans

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week endorsed proposals to take the next step towards Devolution. It backed recommendations that would see a Joint Committee established for the Heart of the South West (HotSW) area. Later this month Full Council will decide whether to accept the recommendations and commit the authority to the new arrangements. Somerset […]

Speed Down Save Lives for Road Safety Week

‘Speed Down Save Lives’ is the strong message from Somerset County Council and others promoted during next week’s Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week (20-26 November) is a nationwide initiative by the charity Brake. This year’s theme is speed – a factor which contributes to a significant number of fatalities on the roads. Brake is […]

Trustee vacancies available

The priceless role played by Somerset’s Trustees is being showcased at an event to celebrate National Trustees’ Week. National Trustees’ Week starts on Monday (13 November) and Somerset County Council is working with partners to celebrate the great work Trustees do – and highlight opportunities to get involved. National figures estimate that almost half of […]

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Update on £18m savings plans

Somerset County Council is on track to deliver £7m of back office savings with more to come as it works to balance its budget, councillors heard today. (19 July). Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill, updated Full Council this morning on progress towards finding the £18m of savings required this financial year. This follows […]

Somerset stands ready to help

The Leader of Somerset County Council has written to his London counterpart offering assistance following the Grenfell tower block fire. Cllr David Fothergill sent his letter to the Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Nicholas Paget-Brown, yesterday after a meeting of Somerset’s Cabinet meeting. That meeting opened with a recognition of […]