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Stronger Somerset: Dedicated website with key documents is launched

A new website and resource for all information relating to Stronger Somerset has been launched.

VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE

On the website you will find the draft business case, executive summary and prospectus.

You will also find ways to show support, ask questions, see the latest news and more.

Stronger Somerset is a plan for a better future in Somerset led by Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, and South Somerset District Council.

Stronger Somerset will ensure:

  • Every child starts well - currently 25% of children in Somerset live in poverty and more communities are experiencing deprivation

  • Every young person believes they can live well – many young adults leave the county to find opportunities elsewhere

  • Our older population ages well – there is a growing older population and we will ensure they are supported to live happy, healthy, independent lives

  • Our economy levels up and contributes nationally – we need to close the productivity gap and improves skills, wages and opportunities for green growth that everyone can benefit from as well as ensuring that our residents have a decent and affordable home.

  • Our transition to net zero carbon – reducing the effects of Somerset on climate change and protecting our communities from the effects of climate change such as flooding

  • Vital services are protected – we will create a model for local government where we can invest in services including arts & entertainment and our communities so that they can survive and thrive

We will achieve this by:

  • Strengthening relationships with local communities – ensuring councils are created that are close to the people they serve

  • Stronger communities with greater power –allowing Council members, town and parish councils, and communities to be more involved in local decision-making processes; using new and existing mechanisms to give communities the tools they need to deliver local social, environmental and economic improvements; and ensuring Council services and partners within an area work closely together to make maximum use of the resources available

  • A fresh start in Care - Transformation of Children’s and Adults’ Social Care adopting the best of what works elsewhere

  • Two new councils for Somerset, to replace the four districts and the county council – ensuring people and communities are well represented in our large county

  • A Somerset West Council and a Somerset East Council will ensure a focus on the differing challenges, community identities and economic areas that exist in what is a large count; but which work together for the benefit of all of Somerset

  • Modern economy with new skills, higher wages to “level-up” society and ensuring housing genuinely affordable for local people

  • Devolution of powers and resources from Westminster – ensuring Somerset makes decisions for our economy and communities and can Level Up in Somerset, drive our economy forward and improve quality of life

Somerset deserves the best form of local government, not the cheapest and only Stronger Somerset will deliver this. The Stronger Somerset proposal is for a fresh start for local government in the county that will ensure better services, an improved economy and better quality of life.

READ MORE ON THE STRONGER SOMERSET WEBSITE

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