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The future of Local Government in Somerset

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One Somerset: Pledges launched as blueprint for better local services submitted to Government

Somerset County Council is today setting out its commitment to the people of Somerset with the announcement of ten pledges to improve local services and guarantee value for money.

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Final One Somerset Business Case submitted

The final One Somerset Business Case has been submitted to the government for consideration. The government will consider One Somerset’s proposal and any other proposals for local government reform in Somerset before going out to public consultation early next year. A report on One Somerset consultations held earlier this year is included in the Business case.

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Read the One Somerset Business Case final submission Read the Executive Summary

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.

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New report states the case for unitary councils 7 August 2020

Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill today welcomed a new report making the case for unitary authorities based on county council boundaries.

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Business Case Executive Summary 5 August 2020

You can read a summary of the business case for a new single unitary council for Somerset here.

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One Somerset business case 31 July 2020

You can read the business case for a new single unitary council for Somerset here. The business case develops a strategy that will harness the strengths and put in place solutions for the concerns and challenges. It will not deliver everything at once but is a huge step towards improving lives across Somerset.

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One Somerset Full Council decision 29 July 2020

The Leader of the Council talks about the One Somerset business case, which County Councillors approved today. The business case sets out ambitious and innovative plans to abolish all five Councils and replace them with a single council.

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Full Council ‘Ticks’ One Somerset 29 July 2020

Improved public services and better outcomes for Somerset communities took a major step forward today after Somerset county councillors backed a new approach to local government.

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Four big ticks 29 July 2020

We need four big ticks to push ahead towards a single council for Somerset.
Watch our video to find out more about them.

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Next big step forward for One Somerset 20 July 2020

A business case setting out the many benefits of a new single council for Somerset was unanimously approved by Cabinet following a key vote today.

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A clear case for One Somerset - why one council is better than five 7 July 2020

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.

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One Somerset Scrutiny Report and Business case 7 July 2020

We have now published our Business Case for a new single council for Somerset.The business case explores the options for local government reorganisation, considering how they will improve outcomes for our communities and businesses and support the sustainability of public services in the future.

Read the One Somerset Scrutiny Report Read the One Somerset Business Case

One Somerset explained 29 June 2020

Watch this animation to find out why we need One Somerset and what it would mean if we were to move to one council.

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What is One Somerset? 29 June 2020

Somerset County Council Leader, David Fothergill sets out the case for One Somerset.

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One Somerset engagement underway 1 June 2020

The council issued a press release stating that surveys of residents and businesses across the county would take place from this week as Somerset County Council gathers views towards disbanding all five councils and setting up a new single Unitary Authority.

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