The Public Questions for the SOMERSET County Council meeting (from Unite)- 21 February 2018

QUESTION 1 Local authority culture change needed to ensure effective scrutiny The House of Commons Select Committee (Communities and Local Government) recently noted in their December 2017 report (http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-local-government-committee/news-parliament-2017/scrutiny-committee-report-17-19/) That: a)“Senior councillors from both the administration and the opposition, and senior council officers, have a responsibility to set the tone and create an environment that welcomes … More The Public Questions for the SOMERSET County Council meeting (from Unite)- 21 February 2018

Lobby of Somerset County Council – Wednesday 21 February

UNISON Somerset County Branch will be joining Taunton Trades Union Council and other unions in holding a lobby of Somerset County Council on Wednesday 21 February.  The lobby will be from 9.15 to 10.00 am outside Shire Hall (next to County Hall), Taunton.    This is just prior to the meeting of the full council that will take … More Lobby of Somerset County Council – Wednesday 21 February

Development of a Family Support Service for Somerset .Public Question Time (PQT) – Cabinet 12 February County Hall Taunton

Does the Cabinet agree with the views expressed by parents and agree that universal engagement creates supportive social networks?

More Development of a Family Support Service for Somerset .Public Question Time (PQT) – Cabinet 12 February County Hall Taunton

We support our Health Colleagues: “Somerset’s services for families and children threatened by planned shake-up, warns Unite”

Somerset’s services for families and children threatened by planned shake-up, warns Unite

Services to families and children in Somerset will be hit if the Tory-controlled county council takes these activities back in-house and then imposes cuts to a vibrant service, Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned. … More We support our Health Colleagues: “Somerset’s services for families and children threatened by planned shake-up, warns Unite”

PUBLIC QUESTIONS. Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee Friday 26 January 2018

http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=132&MId=594   Q1 The minutes of the previous meeting noted “48.0 Mr Nigel Behan spoke and he asked about the response to a question he had asked at the last meeting concerning Commissioning. He then also asked a number of questions about the on-going consultation regarding the proposed changes to Family Support Services with particular … More PUBLIC QUESTIONS. Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee Friday 26 January 2018

RESPONSE TO UNITE. Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee. 8th December 2017

http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=132&MId=399 Question A) What parts of the “Feedback from the Market Engagement Event 26th September 2017” have been shared during the “consultation period” with consultees and has it been highlighted and signposted to Families, Parents, Carers, Schools, and other community organisations?   Response None and no because the consultation has been about what and where … More RESPONSE TO UNITE. Scrutiny for Policies, Children and Families Committee. 8th December 2017

Branching Out in Public Services January 2018

Welcome! to your monthly e-bulletin for Unite public services branch officers, from your national officers in our local authorities and health sectors. We want to keep you and your members informed about what’s happening, and share information across our public services branch network. Please forward to your members, so we can get everyone involved, and put … More Branching Out in Public Services January 2018

Full details of proposals to close libraries are here….

Originally posted on UNITE SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL:
“”Libraries under threat include Priorswood, Wellington, Wiveliscombe, Dulverton, Watchet, Bishops Lydeard, Ilminster and Highbridge. A public consulation http://www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries…/librariesconsultation/will start on January 29 and run for 12 weeks (ending April 22) and invites members of the public, businesses and organisations for their views.”” https://www.facebook.com/saveSomersetLibraries/ Library Services Consultation Announced 18 January 2018 ·…

Carillion and the ‘dead end’ of privatisation

A few weeks ago, Martin Wolf, Keynesian economics journalist for the UK’s Financial Times, wrote a piece arguing that the renationalisation of privatised state companies was a ‘dead end’ and would not solve the failures of privately owned and run public services in the UK and elsewhere. And yet within a week or so, it was announced that one … More Carillion and the ‘dead end’ of privatisation