The Future of Local Government in Somerset - a joint statement from Somerset's District Councils
Today (Wednesday 8 January), we have released a joint statement from the District Councils of Somerset about the Future of Local Government in Somerset.
The Leaders of Somerset’s four District councils have announced they are moving forward with plans to fundamentally change the way local government works in Somerset. The plans involve unprecedented and deep rooted collaboration to deliver a better system of local Government in the county that will be more integrated, efficient and work better for communities.
Over the past 18 months, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West & Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council, together with Somerset County Council, have been exploring together the future options for delivering vital services and supporting communities in the county.
Change is necessary to not only deal with the financial challenges within the County Council but also to meet increasing demands on services and in particular, to deal with the big challenges facing our communities including child poverty, older people living in isolation, the climate crisis, housing and infrastructure.
Our aim therefore is not to simply cut costs. Our intention has been to find a way, through the better use of our resources and working with our residents, to sustain vital services now and for the future to help secure a better quality of life for communities in Somerset.
Reports and further details on this announcement can be found on in the Future of Local Government section of our website.