Tag Archives: Funding

County Council sets out decisive savings plan

Somerset County Council has today published plans for savings across all its services in a decisive step to secure its long-term financial sustainability. More than 70 proposals will be considered for decision by the Council’s Cabinet when it meets later this month. If agreed they would save around £13m over the remainder of this financial […]

County welcomes fresh thinking on social care funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed comments from MPs discussing potential changes to the funding of social care. Although not supporting any specific approaches at this this stage, the authority is warmly welcoming fresh thinking on the subject at a time when the cost of care is contributing to big budget pressures. Demand for social care […]

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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 […]

Somerset backs call for care funding plan

Somerset County Council is backing a nationwide call for a sustainable solution to funding for social care. A report published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights the continuing shortfall in funding for social care across the country, despite the extra £2bn of funding announced in the Government’s spring budget. Somerset’s […]

Council Leader welcomes social care funding and Green Paper pledge

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s announcement of extra money for social care and a commitment to address its long-term funding. In his budget, the Chancellor announced an extra of £2bn for local authorities over three years for social care, with £1bn available in the next financial year. Philip Hammond also revealed […]

Childcare boost for Somerset families thanks to successful bid for £1.5m

Nearly 200 working families across Somerset will have access to an additional 30 hours of free childcare per week, as six projects to extend early years provision in the County are given much-needed funding from government. Somerset County Council worked in partnership with six nurseries and pre-schools in Somerset to successfully bid for a combined […]

Social care tops public priorities – but more funding needed

Somerset residents say social care should top the County Council’s agenda according to the authority’s latest public engagement initiative. For the fourth year running, ‘helping vulnerable and elderly people’ was voted the highest of the Council’s priorities by residents taking part in Listening Learning Changing. The results emphasise the importance the public puts on the […]

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Extra support for young people in West Somerset

West Somerset has been named as one of six “Opportunity Areas” to receive a share of £60million government funding to help improve social mobility in the area. The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, yesterday announced the funding as a way to help children and young people get the best start to life […]

£5,000 of one off Care Act funding on offer

One off Care Act grants of up to £5,000 are on offer to voluntary organisations and community groups in Somerset. Somerset County Council has created the fund in recognition that voluntary sector organisations and community groups are vital partners in providing information and advice on the Care Act and support to local people. Organisations can […]

Somerset celebrates Growth Deal boost

Somerset County Council today welcomed news of millions of pounds of Government investment in employment, transport and connectivity schemes in the county. Projects in line for funding from the Growth Deal include an upgrade of Junction 25 off the M5 at Taunton and further funding for phase three of developing the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre […]