Tag Archives: One Somerset

The future of local government in Somerset: Last chance to have your say

It’s the last week for people to have their say on the future of local government in Somerset as the Government’s consultation draws to a close.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MGCLG) is asking for views on proposals to replace Somerset’s five existing councils with a new unitary system.  The consultation formally closes on 19 April after an eight-week period and […]

Experts’ reports on Stronger Somerset

A series of experts’ reports have been published today analysing Stronger Somerset – a proposal to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with two new unitary authorities and a separate children’s services alternative delivery vehicle, shared services company, and a combined authority for the area. The Government is currently considering changing the way local councils work […]

Now is the time for One Somerset – one big opportunity to improve public services for all 

Somerset County Council is calling on residents and businesses to get behind its ambitious plans for a new model of local government which offers improved public services for all. Today the government has begun a public consultation into changing the way local councils work in Somerset.  It gives everyone the chance to have their say […]

Unitary proposals take big step forward as Government invites Somerset to submit plans

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has welcomed receipt of a letter from Government which paves the way for a new model of local government in the county. The County Council has asked the Government to consider replacing the five existing councils in Somerset with One Somerset – a simple, single unitary council to end confusion for residents, remove duplication and free […]

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 […]

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 […]

Next big step forward for One Somerset

A comprehensive business case setting out the many benefits of a new single council for Somerset was today unanimously approved by Cabinet following a key vote today. Somerset County Council is developing plans to replace all five existing councils with a new single council for Somerset, with the business case highlighting a number of benefits, […]

A clear case for One Somerset – why one council is better than five

A new single council for Somerset would put an end to confusion for residents, give greater powers to local communities and free up millions of pounds that can be reinvested in frontline services – that’s according to a new report out today. The business case for One Somerset, published today by Somerset County Council, highlights […]

Your Somerset, Summer 2020 – out now…

The latest edition of Your Somerset is hitting doorsteps across the county and available to download now. It’s full of information about how the Council is, and will continue to, support the county during the current health pandemic. This edition also showcases how the county council and the district councils have been working together to […]

One Somerset engagement underway

Surveys of residents and businesses across the county will take place from this week as Somerset County Council gathers views towards disbanding all five councils and setting up a new single Unitary Authority. It follows a decision in February that Somerset County Council will look to reduce duplication and waste across the five councils and […]