Liberal Democrat Sam Crabb, County Shadow Resources Cabinet Member asks the key question:
"With an extra grant of £2.9 million for Somerset for the year 2016-2017. How do you think that money should be used?"
"It is likely that the Tory Administration will be tempted to reduce the impact of the rise in Council Tax, from 5.24% to perhaps 3.25%, however that would mean that all the cuts they are proposing to Full Council next Wednesday will go through. They have the opportunity to reduce the impact of dire cuts to front line services instead."
Liberal Democrat Sam Crabb, County Shadow Resources Cabinet Member reports:
"The Government will announce today a new "Transition Grant" to help the Councils worse affected by the recent changes to the calculation of the Revenue Support Grant. This includes a grant of £2.9 million for Somerset for the year 2016-2017 and a smaller grant for the year 2017-2018 of £1.9 million."
The Somerset Liberal Democrat Chairs organised a very successful mini conference on Saturday 5th September and it was held at an excellent venue – The Taunton Academy in Wellspring Road, Taunton.
Councillor Jane Lock, Leader of the Opposition at Somerset County Council commented today on a report released today by Ofsted which has once again branded children’s services run by Somerset County Council ‘inadequate.’
Children’s Services at Somerset County Council has been deemed inadequate since June 2013. The Conservative Leadership at County Hall has failed to improve standards to an adequate leave since the investigation began and the Government has now called in Essex County Council to help them improve standards.
The report criticizes “oversight, scrutiny and challenge from corporate leaders including the Somerset’s Children’s Trust and Scrutiny panel have not been sufficiently robust.”