Tag Archives: David Fothergill

Minister’s tribute to Somerset’s Panorama role

The Minister for Health and Social Care today paid tribute to Somerset County Council for its work with Panorama highlighting the pressures on social care. Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, said that Somerset had “done a service to all those who care about social care” by allowing documentary makers to film with its adult […]

£1m Prevention Fund to improve lives

Local councillors and Somerset’s Youth Parliament will be helping distribute a new £1m County Council Prevention Fund, under plans being looked at next week. The fund, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (10 June), has been set-up to finance Council work and community projects that prevent issues, problems and needs developing; […]

Second Panorama film set for broadcast

The second of two Panorama documentary films about the pressures facing social care across the country will be aired on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1. The films are the result of ten months filming with Somerset County Council’s adult social care teams, shining a light on the incredible work going on in care and the […]

Transport Minister welcomed to Somerset

The M5, A303/A358 and improved strategic rail links were among the topics of conversation as the Leader of Somerset County Council welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport to Taunton today. Councillor David Fothergill hosted the event at Somerset County Cricket Club where MPs, council leaders and key members of the local business community had […]

Budget proposals look to the long-term

Somerset County Councillors will next week consider budget plans to tackle its funding gap and lay the foundations for long-term sustainability. The financial plan being discussed by Full Council on Wednesday sets out a proposed net budget of £328m and total spending of £780m* on services in 2019/20, as well as £224m of investment in […]

Proposals to bridge budget gap

Proposals to bridge around £8m of Somerset County Council’s projected budget gap for next financial year will be discussed this month. The Authority’s Scrutiny meetings and Cabinet will consider the plans as part of the budget-setting process that culminates at full council next month. For 2019/20, decisions and actions already taken address around £7m of […]

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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 […]

Help us help you: Heart of the South West message to Minister

Leaders from authorities across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are calling on Government to help them play a greater role in getting ready for the impacts of Brexit. In a letter to the Minister for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), signed jointly by Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the HotSW Joint Committee […]

County Hall goes red for Remembrance Day

County Hall in Taunton will be going poppy-red for the next three days as Somerset County Council gives its support to Remembrance Day commemorations. The Lest We Forget Flag has been flying at County Council HQ all week and the building will be lit red on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. On Sunday, Remembrance Day […]

Young Carers decision deferred as Council makes “most difficult” savings decisions

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Committee today approved the “most difficult savings proposals it has had to consider” to help secure its long-term financial sustainability. Cabinet also agreed to defer a decision on proposed saving for its Young Carers Service. This is to allow time for discussions with carers, families and the voluntary sector about a […]