google-site-verification: googleb77b0e78d57c2188.html Minister writes to the Leader of Somerset County Council about inadequate Cildren’s Services

Conservative leader under pressure to resign


The Conservative Leader of Somerset County Council has come under immense pressure to resign today. With local media dominated by interventions from Liberal Democrat Cabinet Minister, David Laws, Somerset Lib Dems and in the 'Editor's Comment' of the main local paper.

Ofsted issued Somerset county council with an improvement notice on 21 November 2013, following an inspection that found child protection services ‘inadequate’. On 27 March 2015, Ofsted judged the council ‘inadequate’ for a second time.

The Children and Families Minister has written a 'scathing' letter to the Leader of the Council informing him that he has appointed a review team led by Dave Hill, Director of Children’s Services at Essex county council.

The review team will oversee Somerset’s response to the Ofsted inspection and advise ministers on options for making improvements.

Read the letter from Minister Ed Timpson.

Tessa Munt

2nd November 2015



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