Government award Taunton Deane and West Somerset £750,000 for partnership

Somerset County Gazette: Tim Taylor and John Williams. Tim Taylor and John Williams.

TWO councils in Somerset say the Government's decision to award them £750,000 is proof they were right to join up and share services.

West Somerset and Taunton Deane Councils have received the money from the Department for Communities and Local Government, which said they had demonstrated a “commitment to delivering transformational changes to the way that you work through innovation”.

Last year, the councils missed out on receiving funds.

In a joint statement, council leaders John Williams (Taunton Deane) and Tim Taylor (West Somerset) said: “This is tremendous news and shows that we were right in having the courage and determination to turn a proposal into reality in the space of a year with the added benefit of substantial savings for both councils.

“The fact that the Government is awarding us such a significant sum at a time of austerity is proof that what we are doing is right for the communities that we serve.

“It makes absolute sense that we work with one team of senior management and officers while remaining democratically independent.”

The councils say the money will help fund 'key investments that will enable the two authorities to work together.'

The decision to work together was made at the end of last year and both authorities are looking for opportunities to widen the partnership further.

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10:37am Wed 2 Apr 14

awayswing says...

The real reason for this is that government cannot be seen to have bankrupt district councils on their hands as it is a reflection of government policy.Far better for spin doctors to use words like development and innovation, that way it deflects criticism of under funded district councils.Eric Pickles has cut funding to DCs and told them to get on with it leaving the responsibility and opprobrium for councillors to pick up whilst he washes his hands of the whole affair.
The real reason for this is that government cannot be seen to have bankrupt district councils on their hands as it is a reflection of government policy.Far better for spin doctors to use words like development and innovation, that way it deflects criticism of under funded district councils.Eric Pickles has cut funding to DCs and told them to get on with it leaving the responsibility and opprobrium for councillors to pick up whilst he washes his hands of the whole affair. awayswing
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3:14pm Wed 2 Apr 14

SamF92 says...

Absolutely, awayswing.
Absolutely, awayswing. SamF92
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