Tag Archives: David Fothergill

Are you ready for Fizz Free February?

Fizz Free February is coming to Somerset for the first time with the County Council encouraging children, families, organisations and businesses to make the pledge to #gofizzfree for the month. Saturday 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 29 days.  It is part of the […]

Prevention key to improving lives

Somerset must seize every chance to improve the lives of its residents – and being on the front foot is essential. That’s the message from Somerset’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant, in her annual report considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wed). The report cites a wide range of examples […]

Time to get SUGAR SMART

Somerset County Council is encouraging schools, families, businesses and individuals in the county to get SUGAR SMART and cut down on the amount of sugar consumed by making simple changes. The Somerset SUGAR SMART campaign launched at Minerva Primary School in Taunton as part of a wider, national drive to reduce sugar consumption by adults […]

Cut waste, boost frontline spending, says report

Tens of millions of pounds more could be spent on frontline services like bus routes, new schools and climate change work if Somerset changes the way its councils operate, an independent report says. The report was commissioned from external consultants by all four district councils and Somerset County Council as part of discussions over the […]

Be a New Year volunteer

Public-spirited Somerset residents looking for a New Year’s resolution would be warmly welcomed to join the growing army of volunteers in the county. There are roles to suit almost everyone, from supporting your local library to driving people to appointments or supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award. All you need is a little bit of […]

Leader hails ‘remarkable’ financial turnaround

Cllr Fothergill welcomes the three-year financial strategy that confirms the council’s improved position.

Volunteers needed to support young people in care

Volunteers are urgently needed to help support Somerset children and young people in care have fun, gain confidence, rebuild trust and speak up for them in key meetings. Age and background don’t matter – but commitment and a willingness to connect with children and young people who need independent support are essential. Somerset County Council […]

Money

Council welcomes Spending Review announcements

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed this week’s funding announcements – but said the push for cross-party work on long-term reform of social care funding must continue. In yesterday’s 2020/21 Spending Review announcements, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said councils will have access to an extra £1.5bn for care in 2020/21 as a […]

New grants feed grass-roots action

Somerset’s County Councillors will have £2,000 each to fund community projects that improve lives under a new scheme launched in September. The Improving Lives Grants Scheme has been created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive. Whether it’s a project to reduce isolation, […]

Volunteer Elaine wins Pride Award

Somerset volunteer Elaine Culley has been honoured for her role in supporting young people and vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Elaine volunteers as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team and has been recognised with a Pride award, presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. The awards pay tribute […]