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Can you help tackle Youth Homelessness?

by aldc on 23 May, 2015

SSDC, SCC and local social landlords such as Knightstone are all part of P2i (Pathways to Independence) which supports vulnerable and homeless young people aged between 16 and 24 in overcoming their situation and giving them help to live independently. One of the key components is emergency host family accommodation, where a young person is given […]

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Our Manifesto for South Somerset

by aldc on 22 April, 2015

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have today released figures highlighting a dramatic increase in fly-tipping incidents in the South Somerset area during the 2011/12 period. Official statistics from the Government show that whilst nationally there had been an overall decline in fly-tipping (of around 9%), in South Somerset  fly-tipping increased a staggering 55% during the […]

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We’ve set the 2013/14 Council Tax

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

  Last Friday (1st March) I had the honour of chairing the Council Tax Setting Committee of South Somerset District Council. This doesn’t happen often (indeed ever), but the Police were so late setting their budget that it wasn’t available at the normal Council Meeting. Hence my sitting on a sub-committee with 5 colleagues (in […]

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2013/14 Council Tax levels

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

  I’ve just been doing some hunting round to work up a comparison of the Somerset districts basic Council Tax. The graph below includes the very significant County Council tax, the Police precept, the Fire and Rescue Service Precept and each District’s own Council Tax element. It does not include the local Parish or Town […]

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South Somerset fly-tipping figures fall

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

Fly-tipping figures released today [15 October 2013] by the government show incidents county-wide have dropped by 497 or 8.7% from 5,687 to 5,190. South Somerset’s fall has carried on into the first three months of this financial year, down by 114 to 338 on the same period last year, and down by 94 on January-March […]

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Food recycled for cooking … and lighting

by aldc on 5 February, 2015

Gas generation starts at Walpole Digester   Deliveries of food waste to the anaerobic digester commenced on 20th August as part of the commissioning process. The amount of food waste will be increased gradually over the commissioning period until the point where all food waste arisings collected by SWP from the county will be received. The plant is already producing […]

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Somerset Waste Partnership continue to collect waste from communities cut off by the floods, working with local volunteers and in some cases with the Red Cross and Fire Brigade to use their amphibious vehicles.  So far, collections have focused on the collection of refuse for disposal, but arrangements are also being made to start collections […]

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SSDC 2012-13 Budget

by aldc on 15 May, 2012

SSDC’s net revenue budget is £16,577,000, a cut of £768,400 (or 4.4%) from 2011/12. This has been achieved in the face of significant cost inflation (e.g. fuel) and without any significant loss of front-line services. The Council’s share of the total Council Tax (for a Band D property) will remain at £150.74; which is 10 % […]

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