County Councvil meeting 16 May 2018 – Taunton Rugby Football Club

  Libraries Consultation and proposed Unitary(ies) Authority (ies) In light of the recent proposal to explore the creation of new local government structures in Somerset, should the restructuring of the Library Service currently being consulted on, be suspended until the Unitary matters have been considered? http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0961000618768028#articleShareContainer   Learning Disability Service (Discovery – Dimensions UK Ltd) … More County Councvil meeting 16 May 2018 – Taunton Rugby Football Club

Scrutiny for Policies, Adults and Health Committee Wednesday 9 May 2018

` http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=186&MId=560&Ver=4 Public Questions for Scrutiny for Policies, Adults & Health – 9 May 2018 On agenda item 5 – Learning Disabilities Service Task and Finish Group Nigel Behan Q1. It was reported in The Times 8th May 2018: [LD] Care homes fear closure overnight shift back pay “Two thirds of charities caring for vulnerable … More Scrutiny for Policies, Adults and Health Committee Wednesday 9 May 2018

Damming report into easyCouncil outsourcing

Barnet UNISON and ESSU have published a damming assessment of the London Borough of Barnet’s attempt to become the capital of outsourcing and privatisation. The report, ‘Future Shape’ ‘easyCouncil’ and ‘One Barnet’ = Failure, is highly critical of commissioning and 356% rise in its cost; the £24m spent on the One Barnet programme, mainly the … More Damming report into easyCouncil outsourcing

Scrutiny For Policies Childrens and Families Committee – Friday 20 April County Hall

We are asking questions about: Item 6 Changes to the Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team (PIMS)   http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s6589/Changes%20to%20PIMS%20Team%20002.pdf   Q1 Please will you review the data that has been presented (and quality assure) which appears to indicate errors in classifications of time allocations-monitoring of particular duties in PIMS and SENATAS? Q2 a) The Somerset … More Scrutiny For Policies Childrens and Families Committee – Friday 20 April County Hall

Response to UNITE Question raised at the County Council Meeting on 21 February 2018

Further to your question re Learning Disability Service – Operated by Dimensions UK Ltd raised at Full Council on 21 February 2018, please note my response below, this confirms the verbal response provided at the meeting   Learning Disability Service – Operated by Dimensions UK Ltd a) In the reply provided in the minutes “A … More Response to UNITE Question raised at the County Council Meeting on 21 February 2018

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Tuesday 6 March 2018

QUESTIONS AND ANSWER  http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s6184/Library%20Service%20Consultation%20report.pdf Agenda Item 5 Library Service Consultation a) Is considering Parish Council precepts to finance local libraries merely transferring the underfunding (by Central Government to Local Government) and removing responsibility from the County Council onto local communities?  b) Is there a danger of “Relocating services not to empower communities but to divest … More Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Tuesday 6 March 2018

Request to Speak at Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Tuesday 6 March 2018

http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s6184/Library%20Service%20Consultation%20report.pdf Agenda Item 5 Library Service Consultation Q1 a) Is considering Parish Council precepts to finance local libraries merely transferring the underfunding (by Central Government to Local Government) and removing responsibility from the County Council onto local communities? b) Is there a danger of “Relocating services not to empower communities but to divest financial responsibility … More Request to Speak at Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Tuesday 6 March 2018

RESPONSES AND QUESTIONS Raised at the County Council Meeting on 21 February

Question : Web Casting of Somerset County Council Meetings   Plymouth City Council state on their website: “We think webcasting helps to make the council’s decision making more open and transparent. It allows those who are unable to attend a meeting to see what goes on and to hear the debates that influence the decisions … More RESPONSES AND QUESTIONS Raised at the County Council Meeting on 21 February

Response to Full Council Questions – 21.2.18

video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoaA0HcoL6w Thank you all – Nigel Behan, Kathrine See, Alan Debenham, Siobhan Lennon-Patience and Jenny Lennon-Wood (through Siobhan) –  for your questions.   Please note, I am answering the questions that were tabled and are on our papers.   I turn first to Nigel Behan and Jenny Lennon-Wood’s questions.  As was made clear at … More Response to Full Council Questions – 21.2.18

Development of a Family Support Service for Somerset. Written response.Cabinet 12 February

Please find below written response to the questions you submitted to Cabinet – 12th February. Thanks Item 5 Development of a Family Support Service for Somerset – Phase 1 http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/documents/s5935/Development%20of%20a%20Family%20Support%20Service%20Phase%201%20for%20Somerset.pdf Question 1 It is stated in the Risk Implications section of the Item 5 report that: “Any delay in a decision on the future of SCC’s children’s … More Development of a Family Support Service for Somerset. Written response.Cabinet 12 February