Councillors recommended the money is used to review axed routes and add them to the gritting service again in time for next winter.Read the full story ›
£15million will need to be found over the financial year after around £30million in cuts last year.Read the full story ›
People in Illminster say it's only a matter of time before an accident happens.Read the full story ›
Theresa May blames local government cuts on the "mess of the public finances left by the last Labour government".Read the full story ›
David Fothergill told ITV News it was our report on young carers that made him appreciate how important the service is.Read the full story ›
The Young Carers' Service offers much-needed respite, support and advice to young people who care for family members.Read the full story ›
Taunton's Park and Ride service could be suspended and funding for children's services reduced.Read the full story ›
More than a hundred jobs at the council are potentially at risk and Taunton's park and rides are both under threat.Read the full story ›
Somerset County Council has paid out more than £1.8million in compensation over a single claim involving a pothole.
The Council handed the "general damages" to a third party following an accident on a road it manages.
The payout was revealed by a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted by the Somerset County Gazette newspaper.
The TaxPayers' Alliance says the payout reveals the level of "waste" and "inefficiency" across councils.
We are lucky to have freedom of information requests to find this information out and force the council to do better.
The council says it cannot go into further detail about the claim due to legal reasons.
The FoI request shows an increase in the amount paid out by the council in recent years.
- 2014-15: £171,425 paid out to 28 claimants
- 2015-16: £895,716 paid out to 33 claimants
- 2015-16: more than £2.1m paid out to 31 claimants
Apart from potholes, other common claims include drains and erosion of roads.
Parents at ten schools have been informed of new arrangements after the council ended its contract with Avalon Coaches.Read the full story ›