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Joint statement from the Leaders of Somerset's councils - January 2020

Joint statement from the Leaders of Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Somerset West & Taunton Council, and South Somerset District Council:

Over the past 18 months, Somerset’s four district councils and Somerset County Council have been exploring together the future options for local government in the county. The aim of the review is to determine the best way of delivering local public services and meeting community needs in Somerset in the future. The aim has not been to simply cut costs, the intention has been to find a way, through the better use of our resources, to sustain vital services now and for the future.

Following extensive research which has been evaluated to ensure the benefits and implications of any possible changes are understood, the Leaders of all the councils have been determining the best possible option for Somerset.

We are now convinced that staying purely to our own paths is not an option and that we can collectively do better.  Service needs across Somerset are evolving, demand is increasing, and a new collaborative delivery strategy is needed.

Today, we are happy to release the initial findings from research which was conducted to assess Local Government delivery in Somerset and a range of options for change.

See a report from the Ignite Consortia which looked at the range of options for change (Report written in February 2019)

You can also see the Executive Summary and the Data & Modelling summaries from that report.

See reports from the Somerset Internal Consultancy Team assessing the options for change using the links below:

The case for change

Leading and listening

A plan for collaboration

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