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It’s never too early to apply for a postal or proxy vote


8 February, 2022

There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections on 5 May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known…

Make sure you are registered to vote


7 February, 2022

The biggest elections held in Somerset in recent years are about to take place – and voters in Somerset are being reminded to make sure they are registered to vote. There has never been a more important vote in Somerset.…

Voluntary services’ futures assured with £2.4m grants extension


4 February, 2022

Existing council grant funding for Somerset’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector will be extended over the first year of the new unitary authority in Somerset. Members of the Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) Joint Committee voted unanimously to protect…

Statement on the Levelling Up White Paper


2 February, 2022

Cllr Faye Purbrick, Somerset County Council, Cabinet Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Transformation, said: “It’s great to see the government taking action to address inequalities across the country. Somerset is playing a leading role – reshaping local government to…

Legal framework for the new Somerset Council to be debated in Parliament


27 January, 2022

Interim decision-making arrangements to maintain momentum over the election period Government has laid before Parliament the Structural Changes Order (SCO) that will create the legal basis for a new council in Somerset. The detail of the order will be debated…

Be a champion for your community


25 January, 2022

The clock is ticking down on the deadline for candidates to come forward if they want to stand for election in Somerset in May. There are around nine weeks to go before nominations close for those interested in standing as…

Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) programme team changes


18 January, 2022

Alyn Jones appointed LGR Programme Director, as Dr Carlton Brand takes retirement Dr Carlton Brand, Somerset LGR Programme Director, has announced plans to retire after a long career leading complex programmes in both private and public sectors. His successor will…

New Somerset Council to have local communities at its heart


11 January, 2022

Highlights from the fourth Advisory Board Meeting, held virtually via Microsoft Teams   16.12.21 A new Somerset Council will be a local council, with residents and communities playing a front and centre role. That was the key message from the fourth Local…

News update: Election and Legal Framework


2 December, 2021

Unitary Council Election May 2022 Elections will take place in May 2022. 110 councillors will be elected to the County Council and will take responsibility for all current County Council services and local government reorganisation. In April 2023 the new…

Lively debate sets ‘springboard’ for new council


29 November, 2021

Highlights from the Advisory Board meeting in Donyatt Village Hall 25.11.21 Residents and representatives from organisations including Spark and Historic England attended the Advisory Board today (November 25) when it met to discuss the next steps in Local Government Reorganisation…

Help us shape a new unitary council for Somerset


17 November, 2021

Organisations from across the county are joining together to deliver a new unitary council for Somerset – and local people are encouraged to be part of the conversation. A public meeting is planned at Donyatt Village Hall, near Ilminster, on…

Somerset’s Local Government Reorganisation Joint Committee


9 November, 2021

The new Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) Joint Committee gathered for the first time at a meeting hosted by Mendip District Council.

Joint Committee meeting signals first steps to single unitary council for Somerset


9 November, 2021

A new Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) Joint Committee has met in Somerset to steer the move to a single unitary council for the county. The two-hour public meeting was hosted by Mendip District Council at their offices in Shepton Mallet…