Tag Archives: savings

Cut waste, boost frontline spending, says report

Tens of millions of pounds more could be spent on frontline services like bus routes, new schools and climate change work if Somerset changes the way its councils operate, an independent report says. The report was commissioned from external consultants by all four district councils and Somerset County Council as part of discussions over the […]

Leader hails ‘remarkable’ financial turnaround

Cllr Fothergill welcomes the three-year financial strategy that confirms the council’s improved position.

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 […]

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 […]


Plans outlined as Council looks to bridge budget gap

Plans to bridge a £13m budget gap will be discussed next week as Somerset County Council seeks to protect services for the most vulnerable while Government funding falls. The Council will continue to spend more than £300m on services to residents. The plans focus on a combination of savings and proposals to make use of […]

Saturday Park and Ride to stop on 30 December

Taunton’s Saturday Park and Ride bus services will stop at the end of December as the County Council continues to manage reduced Government funding. The withdrawal of the services was among measures announced in the summer to help bridge an £18m funding gap. They have been kept running until the end of December to cater […]


Update on £18m savings plans

Somerset County Council is on track to deliver £7m of back office savings with more to come as it works to balance its budget, councillors heard today. (19 July). Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill, updated Full Council this morning on progress towards finding the £18m of savings required this financial year. This follows […]

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 […]


Budget proposals and devolution plans

Somerset County Councillors today heard the scale of the future funding the challenge facing the authority. A meeting of the Council’s Cabinet agreed budget proposals for 2016/17, and were told of the projected shortfalls over the following four years as funding from central Government continues to decline. Between 2017/18 and 2020/21 the authority is facing […]

Key councillors to discuss budget plans

Budget proposals to protect essential services and fund care for Somerset’s ageing population will be considered by the County Council’s Cabinet next month. The authority is considering its first Council Tax increase for six years as well as savings to help balance its budget in the face of falling Government funding and increased demand for […]