Cabinet Wednesday 23rd January 2019 10.00am Library Meeting Room – Taunton

Here are some questions for PQT: http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=731   Q1 and Q2 Relate to Item 6 Revenue Budget Monitoring Update   http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s9424/6%20Revenue%20Budget%20Monitoring%20Update%20Report.pdf   In paragraph 2.2 Adults Services it is stated:   “Learning Disabilities is now also forecasting a positive variance due to a reduction of £0.500m of costs associated with previously assumed contractual transformational costs.   … More Cabinet Wednesday 23rd January 2019 10.00am Library Meeting Room – Taunton

Cabinet: Wednesday 19th December 2018 10.00 am – Request to Speak in Public Question Time

Q1 Relates to Revenue Budget Monitoring Update: http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=134 a) In section 2.1 it is stated: “Children & Learning Central Commissioning: (-) £0.706m movement (-) £0.207m The projected underspend against Getset has increased by £0.149m, mainly due to staff leaving the service earlier than anticipated.” What is the total projected underspend for Getset in the above … More Cabinet: Wednesday 19th December 2018 10.00 am – Request to Speak in Public Question Time

RESPONSES Audit Committee 22 November 2018

Statement by David Orr  Chair and Committee members,  The VfM report states:  “Reporting of financial performance to members should be transparent and understandable”.  I was looking for a simple Dashboard paper to give me these urgent answers:  Q1. Has the Councils financial position for 2018/19 improved or worsened since the September crisis budget? I cannot say. A1. … More RESPONSES Audit Committee 22 November 2018

Somerset County Council Meeting – Council Chamber – Shire Hall, Taunton Wednesday 28 November 2018

Question 1 Relates to the aftermath of the Carillion Failure and Collapse On Monday 19th November the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, David Lidington, announced new government procurement measures: New ‘Social Value’ contracts to revolutionise government procurement https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-social-value-contracts-to-revolutionise-government-procurement The Register reported that: “Capita, Serco and Sopra Steria are drafting “living wills” with the government in case they … More Somerset County Council Meeting – Council Chamber – Shire Hall, Taunton Wednesday 28 November 2018

Somerset County Council Audit Committee – Library Meeting Room, Taunton Library – Thursday 22nd November 2018

Somerset County Council Audit Committee – Library Meeting Room, Taunton Library – Thursday 22nd November 2018 10.00 am Q1 Relates to Item 6. Partial Audit Update – Risk of Care Provider Failure http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s8723/SWAP%20Audit%20Committee%20Report%20Nov%202018%20FINAL.pdf It is stated in the Executive Summary (of the SWAP Final Report) that: “The Council uses a number of strategies to manage … More Somerset County Council Audit Committee – Library Meeting Room, Taunton Library – Thursday 22nd November 2018

Somerset County Council – Financial Crisis or Bad Political Decisions and Ineffective Senior Management (of their own making)? Nigel Behan, Unite Branch Secretary

In September Somerset County Council (SCC) made further savage cuts to services to the most vulnerable in our community. A further £14m for the financial year ending in March 2019. The Council Tax rise for 2018/19 was 6% (5% the year before.) This is despite less than six months into the Financial Year trying to … More Somerset County Council – Financial Crisis or Bad Political Decisions and Ineffective Senior Management (of their own making)? Nigel Behan, Unite Branch Secretary

Cabinet Monday 5 November 2018 10.00 am Council Chamber, Shire HallStatement on behalf of FOSL by Peter Murphy, Chair of FOSL

FRIENDS OF SOMERSET LIBRARIES Statement for SCC Cabinet Committee 5 November 2018 FRIENDS OF SOMERSET LIBRARIES (FOSL) was formed when Somerset County Council (SCC) threatened the closure of eleven libraries in the previous review of the Library service. In a successful Judicial Review judgement, the judge declared the decision taken as an “example of bad … More Cabinet Monday 5 November 2018 10.00 am Council Chamber, Shire HallStatement on behalf of FOSL by Peter Murphy, Chair of FOSL

Library Service Redesign: Changes to the way Library Services are delivered

http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s8479/Libraries%20Redesign%20-%20Report.pdf Q1 In Appendix 3 – Consultation report there is only a summary of the Joint Unison and Unite response: (http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s8472/Appendix%203%20-%20Consultation%202018%20Report%20Sept%202018.pdf page 122-123) Will Elected Councillors take into account the full response as shown on this weblink: (https://unitesomersetcounty.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/unison-and-unite-response-to-the-2018-somerset-county-council-library-consultation-2/)? Q2 It states in paragraph 1.4 of the Report of the Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee – … More Library Service Redesign: Changes to the way Library Services are delivered