Archive | December, 2016

Somerset Serious Case Review calls for better understanding

Following injuries sustained by two Somerset babies a Serious Case Review by the Somerset Safeguarding and Care Board has highlighted an ‘over optimistic’ attitude and over reliance on the word of parents who appearing concerned and cooperative. It comes barely 18 months since a similar review into the case of the non-accidental injury of a

Some good news for Somerset Schools

This has been a long time coming but the day finally dawned today. In parliament this afternoon, Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening announced the outline plans for the funding formula for our schools. For many years now Somerset schools have had a poor deal, getting far less per pupil than London schools and

Parish and Town Council precepts

Apologies to all our readers! In our November edition we led with a story that rather tears into the foolishness of government proposals to cap precepts for town and parish councils. We promised to upload the full government proposals for those who wanted to take a look – and then didn’t! You can now access

Somerset sets its face against saving money?

Over the past 6 months we have campaigned constantly against devolution and have challenged Somerset County Council on their proposals. The main thrust of our argument has been: 1)      the council refused to reduce the number of councils and councillors by becoming a unitary authority (like Cornwall and Wiltshire), 2)      we would now end up