Tag Archives: Unitary

The last ever Somerset County Council budget is a “Budget for the future” says Council Leader

Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, has praised the team responsible for producing “the most positive budget in my time as Leader”. Speaking at Full Council as the 2022/23 Council budget was approved today (23 February), Cllr Fothergill said: “While other councils are dipping into reserves to fund day to day spending – […]

Help us shape a new unitary council for Somerset

Organisations from across the county are joining together to deliver a new unitary council for Somerset – and local people are encouraged to be part of the conversation. A public meeting is planned at Donyatt Village Hall, near Ilminster, on 25th November, 3pm until 5pm. It’s the third in a series of monthly events where […]

Joint Committee meeting signals first steps to single unitary council for Somerset

A new Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) Joint Committee has met in Somerset to steer the move to a single unitary council for the county. The two-hour public meeting was hosted by Mendip District Council at their offices in Shepton Mallet (5th November 2021). The Committee consists of nine members from both District and County Councils, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

One letter for One Somerset – Council Leader kickstarts drive for Unitary

An ambitious drive to transform local government in Somerset and save tens of millions of pounds for improved frontline services is now officially underway. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has today written to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, kickstarting the case for One Somerset – A Unitary […]

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 […]