Somerset

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     Location: South West England

     Population: 545,390 (Mid-year estimate 2015)

     Interesting fact: Famous sons and daughters of Somerset include Acker Bilk, Jenson Button, John Cleese, Jill Dando, Terry Pratchett, Joe Strummer, Adge Cutler (of the Wurzels) and - allegedly - King Arthur, who’s "Camelot" may have been based at Cadbury

 

Somerset

Somerset is a member of the Rural Services Network and falls
under the branch of our service called SPARSE Rural.
A list of all the SPARSE Rural members (from the Predominantly Rural Councils) can be found here.




Somerset Information

Phone number
0845 345 9166
Website
www.somerset.gov.uk
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
- Heart of the South West
- West of England
Frequency of elections
Every 4 years
Number of councillors
55
Political composition
Conservative - 35
Liberal Democrat - 12
Independent - 3
Labour - 3
Green Party - 2
MPs
Bridgwater and West Somerset - Ian Liddell -Grainger (Conservative)
Somerton and Frome - David Warburton (Conservative)
Taunton Deane - Rebecca Pow (Conservative)
Wells - James Heappey (Conservative)
Yeovil - Marcus Fysh (Conservative)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.7%
Ten Year Population Change
+ 6.0%
Police Authority
Avon and Somerset Police Authority
Fire Service
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
Health Authority
NHS South West
Area
345,233 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
900 rural OAs from 1820 OAs in total
Audited by
Southern Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Birbeck)
Predominently Rural (Rural 50)
Population by Area- (Density)
1.58 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
323
Number of Parish Meetings
Information yet to be supplied
Number of Parish Councils
Information yet to be supplied
Number of Town Councils
Information yet to be supplied
Average house price
Mendip - £212,250
Sedgemoor - £180,000
South Somerset - £190,000
Taunton Deane - £201,498
West Somerset - £201,250
(Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Information yet to be supplied
Average age of population
42.7 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Wells City, highbridge, Bridgwater, Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Highbridge, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Somerton, Wincanton, Yeovil, Bruton, Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Taunton, Wellington, Dulverton, Minehead, Watchet
Unemployment rate
0.3% (JSA claimants for July 2017)
Current Council Tax
(amount reported is the amount received by the Council - no other services are included)
2010/2011 Council Tax - £1,027
2011/2012 Council Tax - £1,027
2012/2013 Council Tax - £1,027.30
2013/2014 Council Tax - £1,027.30
2014/2015 Council Tax - £1,027.30
2015/2016 Council Tax - £1,027.30
2016/2017 Council Tax - £1,060.84
2017/2018 Council Tax - £1,124.79

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
5.9% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
45.6% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
11.0% (2011 Census data)
Employed by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
39.1% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £24,541
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £24,997
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £28,476
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £28,523
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £25,438
    2015 Resident Based Median - £25,389
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £30,467
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £30,488
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
37.1% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 15.9%
1 car or van - 43.3%
2 cars or vans - 30.1%
3 cars or vans - 7.6%
4 or more cars and vans - 3.1%
Local Newspapers
Information yet to be supplied
National Park/AONBs
The Blackdown Hills (AONBS), The Cotswolds (AONBS), Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs (AONBS), Mendip Hills (AONBS), Quantock Hills (AONBS), Exmoor (NP)

Detail and Analysis for Somerset

localcommunitiesRural Services Community

As a result of your Council's membership, parishes within your area are entitled to membership of the Rural Services Community.  This provides them with some access to our information and analysis and in particular the Neighbourhood Planning Evidence base where information is available down to parish level.

For more information about the Rural Services Community click here

For our Neighbourhood Planning Evidence base click here

fairer Funding - individual pagesFairer Funding

We provide a wide range of analysis and information to support our position with our fairer funding campaign.  This ranges from information for Members of Parliament to enable them to take part in high profile parliamentary debates to
information for local authorities to better understand their financial position or initiatives from Government.

For our dedicated mini-site on Fairer Funding click here

localcommunitiesRural Services Community

As a result of your Council's membership, parishes within your area are entitled to membership of the Rural Services Community.  This provides them with some access to our information and analysis and in particular the Neighbourhood Planning Evidence base where information is available down to parish level.

For more information about the Rural Services Community click here

For our Neighbourhood Planning Evidence base click here

fairer Funding - individual pagesFairer Funding

We provide a wide range of analysis and information to support our position with our fairer funding campaign.  This ranges from information for Members of Parliament to enable them to take part in high profile parliamentary debates to
information for local authorities to better understand their financial position or initiatives from Government.

For our dedicated mini-site on Fairer Funding click here

Performance - individual pages Local Authority Performance

We believe that when benchmarking against other services you should always compare like for like. Delivering a recycling service to an inner city area is significantly different to a sparsely populated area and needs to be benchmarked accordingly.  We provide a service that enables you to benchmark your performance in key areas against other rural authorities and your family authorities.
Family authorities are those which you share similar characteristics.
We often provide in year analysis which enables you to understand your performance ahead of year end to assess how well you are doing. 
We currently provide analysis for Waste and Recycling, Benefits Processing and Planning Turnaround times.  Each of our analyses provide drop down options where you can select your authority to view your latest performance.

For more information and to access the analyses click here

funding your authority - indiv.pagesAnalysis of Local Authority Budgets

We provide a detailed analysis of Local Authority Budgets providing separate work on RO and RA budget information provided by Local Authorities.  This enables authorities to compare their expenditure in different areas over a period of years with similar authorities.

For the full list of our current RO or RA analysis click here.

economy-individual pagesEconomy

We provide an economic analysis service which looks at a range of different types of data related to the economy.
This includes an the Economic Profiling Service which considers a range of factors in a matrix including Wage levels, the current stock of public sector jobs, the number of JSA claimants and the percentage of the population which is working age.
We also provide a quarterly analysis and comment on two key factors, JSA Claimant Flows and JSA Claimants as a % of the working population

To visit Economy section click here

ObservatoryObservatory Section logo - thumbnail

The Observatory opens the window to a statistical view of rural life. It provides analyses and comment on key service provision and issues affecting rural communities, as well as evaluating your Local Authority's performance.  It also provides you, the Member, the opportunity to direct the areas of data analysis that best serve your needs, through the 'Your Observatory' service.

To visit the Observatory section click here

Deprivation2015 English Indices of Deprivation analysis tool

(Produced by Oxfordshire County Council)

The Research & Intelligence Unit of Oxfordshire County Council have produced an interactive tool that present the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation on a map of England to make it easier to explore the data for your areas of interest, and have kindly made this tool available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The analysis works through your web browser, and can be accessed for the South West Region here
For a summary of the Rural Services Network and more information about our work click here
(All factual information on these pages is updated annually by the RSN)
(Information given via links will however be updated as new information becomes available)