Somerset Tories sit by whilst County Council faces Bankruptcy

“The County Councils finances are in a dire situation.”

The Conservative Cabinet running Somerset County Council have been discussing the possibility of declaring the Authority bankrupt. In the Revenue Outturn report the County Finance Director has informed the Cabinet that he may have to invoke Section 114 – which will mean that they have to bring in immediate savings to rectify the dire financial situation. The Government would also be advised that the County Council may not be able to pay all its bills!

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Yeovil Liberal Democrats select new parliamentary spokesperson

Members of Yeovil constituency Liberal Democrats met on Sunday in Stoke sub Hamdon to  choose their parliamentary spokesperson for the area.

Daisy Benson, 37 who lives in Misterton and works for a utility company as a stakeholder  engagement manager, was selected.  

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Referendum Positives...

By Rob Stickland | Yeovil East District Councillor

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You may just have heard about the EU referendum and the result thereof. As a Party, on the whole, we supported the Remain camp, though there were some of a different opinion. It probably didn’t even escape the notice of Tim Peake and he’s been out of the world for six months.

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Why British farmers (and consumers) need the EU - Tim Farron

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Tim Farron visited a farm in Somerset to highlight the importance of the EU to British farming.

British farmers receive £2.5-£3bn a year in subsidies from the EU and export £11.4bn in produce to our European neighbours.

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Cut Crime Not Police

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Paul Crossley, an experienced community leader from Bath, has been announced as the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner. 

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Real action to keep streets in Somerset safer

Lib Dems fight to bring criminals to justice, by keeping the European Arrest Warrant.

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Over 1000 Days of Inadequate Children Services

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Somerset County Council’s Children’s Services have been rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted since June 2013. Nearly three years on and the Conservative administration has been unable to improve the quality of service. Failure to deliver quality services is putting the children of Somerset at risk. Essex County Council have been called in to try and help the County Council turn things around.

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Rising to the Challenge

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Ric Pallister - Leader South Somerset District Council

It will not have escaped anyone's notice that Councils up and down the country are being financially squeezed as never before by the Government's continuing Austerity programme. For our District Council, by 2019/20, this squeeze will have opened up a funding gap of £4.1m per annum and that gap has to be filled one way or another. 

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SHOCK BILL FOR OVER £1 million A MONTH FOR AGENCY BILL

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Liberal Democrat County Leader Jane Lock has discovered that the Tory run Somerset County Council is paying over £1 million a month for Agency staff: Jane said:

"It is no wonder that the Tories have such trouble trying to balance the annual budget, whilst paying out over £1 million a month for Agency Social workers. This means that we are paying at least £6 million more a year than we should be paying if we were able to recruit full time staff"

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