Tag Archives: David Fothergill

Somerset will be in Tier 2 from 2 December

Somerset County Council’s Leader, and Director of Public Health are urging people to show restraint as the Government’s new Covid-19 tier system was announced today Somerset will be placed in Tier 2* when national restrictions end on 2 December. The Tier covers all four districts – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton […]

Join us for a live Somerset coronavirus Q&A session

Public Health and Council leaders will be online this Thursday night (26 November) to answer questions from Somerset residents after the latest Government announcements. On Thursday the Government is expected to lay out which tier Somerset will be in once lockdown ends on 2 December. Somerset County Council’s Director Public Health Trudi Grant and Leader […]

£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund – 1 week to go to apply

Community organisations and city, town and parish councils are invited to apply for funding to become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset, ahead of the deadline of 12 November 2020. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available to support local […]

Grants from The Somerset Fund to help local charities thanks to generous local businesses

If you are a grassroots community group based in Somerset, grants are available up to the value of £2,500 from The Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages the Fund and is encouraging applications from smaller charities and community groups that run on less than £100,000 per year. The grants will be ‘unrestricted’, which means […]

New report suggests ONE clear winner in unitary debate 

An independent report out today highlights the benefits of creating a new single council for Somerset – but also warns of the dangers and costs of dividing the county into multiple unitary authorities. Somerset County Council has asked the Government to consider replacing the five existing councils in Somerset with a simple, single unitary council to end […]

£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund OPEN for applications from 1 October

A pot of £1 million is now available to help local communities become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available for city, town and parish councils to support local communities. From 1 October, city, […]

U-turn paves way for unitary talks

In a shock announcement tonight, Somerset’s district councils have performed a major U-turn and have agreed to work towards a plan to abolish themselves and create two new unitary authorities across Somerset. It comes after two years of district councils arguing that unitary authorities were not the best option for Somerset. The news was delivered […]

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 […]

Board backs Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan

Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan, setting out how the County Council and partners, will prevent and react to local coronavirus outbreaks, has been formally endorsed. Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board held its first meeting on Friday 31 July when members considered and backed the plan and its approach. The Board heard that Somerset cases continue […]