Joint Council Statement from the Leaders: Working together for the communities of Somerset
All councils in Somerset recognise the need for change to ensure that local public services are financially sustainable in to the future and that they are as efficient as they can be delivering the standards and outcomes the residents and businesses of Somerset expect and deserve.
The leaders of all five district councils together with the County Council have pledged today to work together on a joint review of local governance in Somerset. The aim of the review will be to determine the best way of delivering local public services and meeting community outcomes in Somerset in the future.
Whilst the details of the review are still to be finalised, the leaders have committed to some important principles including:
- Ensuring the review is independent of any one or group of organisations and that the focus of the review is on what is best for Somerset and its communities
- Considering a range of options for the future, including unitary councils and ensuring a robust business case analysis
- Inviting others, including health care, to work with the councils on the review
- To engage with communities and stakeholders through the review process, keep people informed and undertake community consultation before any final decisions are made
Work will now commence on drawing up detailed plans and timetables for the review and further updates will be issued in due course.