Category Archives: Somerset County Council

119 Council Leaders Call for Proper Funding. But not Somerset’s John Osman.

The leaders of 119 English Councils have written a letter calling for an end to the savage cuts to council budgets imposed by central Government. The leaders, who cross the political spectrum with 65 Labour leaders, 40 Conservative and 10 … Continue reading

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Somerset Children’s Services Goes From Bad to Worse

For some time now, I have been concerned about the management of Children’s Services in Somerset. The services we provide to children are some of the most important areas of responsibility for the County Council and it is worrying how … Continue reading

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Cllr Hall ‘Responds’ to my Open Letter re AONB Funding.

You may recall that a few weeks ago I wrote to Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, David Hall, asking him why he had deliberately antagonised many of the County Council’s AONB funding partners by withdrawing their invitations to a … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Re-organise Somerset’s Councils.

There is no end in sight to the continued reduction of central government grant to local authorities. It is expected that by 2018, this funding, which once provided up to 75% of council income may disappear altogether. While there are … Continue reading

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Even Somerset’s MPs won’t Support Fair Funding for our Councils

The Rural Fair Share Campaign is a grouping of largely Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs campaigning for fair Council funding in rural areas. They have been very vocal in recent months and I have been urging Somerset County Council to … Continue reading

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What’s Going On With Somerset’s Children’s Centres?

It’s approaching three months since Children’s Services Cabinet Member Frances Nicholson agreed to my suggested ‘pause’ in the programme of Change for Children’s Centres. She split her decision in two, determining that the strategic direction ought to be approved, focusing … Continue reading

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Latest Round of Somerset County Council Spending Cuts Begins

The annual ritual of SCC cuts has now begun, as readers of today’s Somerset County Gazette will have seen. Among the cuts are an 88% cut in Council funding to the teams that manage the county’s Areas of Outstanding Natural … Continue reading

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Why Won’t Somerset County Council Fight for Fair Funding For All Services?

Ever since being elected last May, I have repeatedly asked the Conservative administration at Somerset County Council what it is doing to seek redress in the huge imbalance between the levels of public funding given to urban and rural communities. … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve – Somerset Highways Update, After the Storm

Good morning all, first update of Christmas Eve after a very windy and wet night across Somerset. Summary: Power – Yeovil, Crewkerne and Taunton hit with currently around 700 homes affected. Roads – many minor roads have problems and will … Continue reading

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Developers, Delays and Road Improvements

Since being elected I’ve spent a lot of time trying to speed up the provision of various delayed highway improvements and repairs, many of which are located in Norton Fitzwarren. It seems to me that there is a fundamental problem … Continue reading

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