The need for change for Local Government in Somerset
On Wednesday 2 May 2018, Somerset County Council announced that it intended to start a conversation with the district councils and other partners to explore whether a unitary model of local government could be a better way to deliver public services in Somerset.
All councils in Somerset recognise the need to explore ways in which public services can be delivered to achieve best value for money for the residents and businesses of Somerset in the most cost-efficient and effective way.
The Leaders of all five district councils and Somerset County Council pledged in June 2018 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.