Tag Archives: John Osman

Cabinet agrees to continue transfer to new social enterprise

Key Somerset County Councillors today agreed to continue with the transfer of its in-house learning disabilities service to a new social enterprise next month. A meeting of the council’s Cabinet considered but rejected a request from a Scrutiny committee earlier in the month to delay the transfer and review the original decision to move to […]

Cabinet to consider compensation boost

A boost to compensation for staff transferring from Somerset County Council to a charity supporting vulnerable people will be discussed at a key meeting next week. Around 1,200 members of staff in the learning disabilities service are on track to transfer to a new social enterprise charity created in partnership with Dimensions in April. Dimensions […]

Minister lobbied on key issues

County Council Leader John Osman lobbied hard for Somerset residents during a visit from a key Government minister today (Thursday). Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for local government, was in Wells as part of a whistle-stop visit and in a ‘positive’ meeting Councillor Osman was able to press him on key issues facing the […]

Balanced Budget Approved

Full Council today approved a budget worth over £310m to fund vital services – with a further £107m planned for investment in schools, roads and key infrastructure projects. Councillors also agreed a Council Tax increase of 1.99 per cent, along with a further 2 per cent ring-fenced for Adult Social Care, meaning Somerset’s residents face […]

Plan for productivity launched

A plan to put Somerset at the heart of the nation’s industrial strategy has been launched today. The Productivity Plan aims to make sure the Heart of the South West area makes a significant contribution to the UK’s future productivity growth – with all the improvements to living standards and economic benefits that come with […]

Council urges statement of intent

Somerset County Council is calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use this month’s Autumn Statement to ease the pressure on local authority finances. Its Leader, Councillor John Osman, has written to Philip Hammond outlining steps that would help meet the challenge caused by falling funding and increased costs – particularly in social care. […]

Groups urged to volunteer their opinions

Voluntary organisations across Somerset are being urged to share their views in a ‘health check’ of the county’s voluntary sector. The ‘state of the sector’ survey aims to identify the issues and opportunities for voluntary groups and organisations. It will be used to help produce the first comprehensive report on the county’s voluntary sector called […]


Call for ‘collective pressure on Government’ as Somerset tackles overspend

Somerset County Council is calling for ‘collective pressure on Government’ as it wrestles with the impacts of falling funding and increasing costs. Leader of the council, Councillor John Osman, will be writing to the Prime Minister this week setting out the huge pressures facing the authority as it looks to reduce significant projected in-year overspends. […]

Changes to County Hall reception

From next month, if you’re visiting County Hall in Taunton you’ll need to head to the reception area in the historic A-Block. From Monday 3 October, Somerset County Council is re-opening the front doors of the Grade II listed A-Block and closing the B-Block and C-Block reception desks to the public. The B-Block reception desk […]

Leader of Council helps raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is happening in Somerset. That’s the uncompromising message Somerset County Council is helping to spread as part of a new campaign to raise awareness of this devastating form of abuse affecting children and young people. The council is working with Avon & Somerset Police and other partners to increase public understanding of […]