Archive | March, 2018

Cabinet Reshuffle

The Leveller understands that Somerset County Council has organised a reshuffle of the Cabinet less than a year since the County Council elections in May 2017. Sources close to the County Council tell us that  David Hall has stepped down from his role of Deputy Leader of the Council to be replaced by Christine Lawrence, at

Joint Committee starts work

So finally, we made it to the first Joint Committee meeting of the Heart of The South West (Devon and Somerset to you and me). This is the meeting we led on in our March edition, the organisation that depending on your point of view, will or won’t turn into a devolved authority. More on

Council merger approved

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (something Taunton Deane apparently didn’t realise), today told Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils of his decision (which will be subject to Parliamentary approval) on the merger of the two councils. The Secretary of State announced “Having carefully considered all the representations

Northamptonshire (and why Somerset should care about it)

In our lead article in the Leveller this month (March) we discuss the resolute opposition of the Conservative administrations in Devon and Somerset to a unitary authority. In other words cutting back the cost of administration by reducing the layers of local government from 3 to 2. It is especially interesting therefore to note that

Outsourcing isn’t working

Vocare the private supplier of out of hours GP services to Somerset has been rated inadequate once again. The Care Quality Commission has again told the companybased in Wellington House, Queen Street, Taunton that further improvements are required to its NHS 111 service and its GP Out of Hours service. This follows a recent re-inspection

Yeovil Town named and shamed

The latest list from the Department of  showing those companies that have been fined for abuse of the minimum wage rules included just one business from Somerset. That business was Yeovil Town.  The football club were found to have underpaid two employees a total of £174 between October 2013 and November 2015. That is obviously

At last!

It has taken four long years since the flood waters subsided. We were promised a new rivers authority and we have one. But for the last three years the Somerset Rivers Authority has not had a secure way of funding itself. It relies instead of going cap in hand to government each year asking permission

Somerset health system update

Following the severe weather conditions last week this update was issued this evening to update the public on the state of service at Musgorve Park Hospital in Taunton. “Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital is continuing to manage with exceptionally high levels of demand. The hospital currently has many patients awaiting discharge home or transfer to community

Do not travel

Following the announcement of a RED weather warning yesterday Police are reiterating their advice to people in Somerset not to travel. Road conditions remain close to impossible and several roads including the A303 and A358 have been closed. A major incident has been declared in the Avon and Somerset area. The declaration was requested by the

Red Alert

Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office following the arrival of severe weather in Somerset. Severe weather warnings have been issued and the police are advising people affected by the significant snowfall to stay at home and don’t travel. The Met Office has issued a RED warning wind and snow for parts of