Council aims to make £20million in savings
County Council has announced ambitious plans to save more than
The proposals are supported across all three political parties
and will focus on a review of council services over the next 18
The 'Change Programme' will lead to a different approach in how
the Council manages, commissions and delivers existing services
and at the same time give residents and customers more
of a say in what the Council provides.
"This is an exciting but also very challenging programme
that has the potential to deliver huge savings," said Conservative
Council Leader Ken Maddock. "By 2013, Somerset County Council
will be a smaller, agile and more ambitious organisation and delivering
Cllr Sam Crabb, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, added: "There
is no doubt that with finances falling, something needs to change.
We support this programme whilst working hard to challenge the
Administration to ensure the right decisions are made."
Labour Leader Andrew Govier also agrees change is inevitable.
"We recognise that these changes will impact on staff and
services and it is essential that we listen to the good ideas
that those staff will have about how best services can be delivered
in the future."
"Local people look to the Council to support them when they
need help and we must ensure that their voice is heard during
this process. Equally, the quality of services provided to the
public must be maintained."
Further information on Somerset County Councils future
aims and objectives are available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/countyplan