Tag Archives: Government

Lift off for iAero

An £8m cutting-edge aerospace technology centre in Yeovil is taking off with construction work starting on site. Somerset County Council is working with the aerospace industry, including Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, on the flagship iAero Centre to cement Somerset’s place at the heart of this important business sector. The Centre will encourage innovation, collaboration and […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Forced academy turnaround welcomed by County Council

News that the Government has abandoned plans to convert all schools to academies has been welcomed by Somerset County Council. Cabinet member for Children and Families, Cllr Frances Nicholson, had criticised the plans in a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, saying that “There is no evidence that the structural change […]

Government praises Somerset’s ‘commendable achievement’

Somerset County Council’s work in helping children access free early learning has been praised by the Department for Education. All families with two-year-olds who meet nationally-identified eligibility criteria can apply for funded early learning places, and it is up to local authorities to make sure sufficient places are available and to make sure eligible parents […]

Double celebration for Somerset in roads revolution

Somerset County Council and business leaders are celebrating today’s announcement that two of Somerset’s key transport routes are in line to benefit from a £2bn roads boost. Following years of lobbying for ‘whole route improvement’ of the A303 corridor by a partnership of local authorities led by Somerset County Council, the Government has confirmed that […]

A303 drive gathering pace

Somerset County Council’s campaign for an upgrade of the A303/A358/A30 corridor is making positive progress, members were told earlier today. The County Council is calling on the Government to commit to upgrading this vital route through Somerset in the Autumn Statement. Members of the Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee were today told that a […]

£12.3m boost for flood-hit roads

Somerset County Council has welcomed news of a £12.3 million boost for the county’s flood-hit roads The Council made a bid to Government for a share of £183.5m set aside for road repairs, and has been awarded £12,335,841 – the largest share for any council in the South West. The money will be used for […]

Early indicator of the cost of flooding

Somerset County Council anticipates it will submit a claim for around £2 million to the Government for costs incurred during the floods crisis. The amount of funding the authority is likely to apply for under the Bellwin Scheme was revealed at a Cabinet meeting this morning, although full details are yet to be confirmed. However, […]