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There are amazing opportunities for our county, now that our switch to unitary status has been confirmed.
The PCCs for Suffolk, Dorset, Avon and Somerset, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire strongly back the stance taken by their colleague in Surrey. Other were less emphatic.
Faye Purbrick: A single council for Somerset will end the confusion and duplication of the existing system
This decision means an opportunity to fundamentally enhance local decision-making and move genuine power and responsibility to local communities.
A broad base of support is the best foundation for success. That means councils for the east and west of the county, reflecting local needs.
It contributes a tidy £6.75 billion in GVA to the national economy each year as a net contributor to Treasury coffers.
Marcus Fysh: The challenge of coronavirus shows the need for streamlined decision-making in Somerset
A single unitary authority in our county, is needed, as soon as possible, to help our communities to recover.
Jonathan Werran: The Union and the English question. The answer is to let a hundred localist flowers bloom
The first in a five-part ConHome series this week on the future of the United Kingdom.
Duncan McGinty: A remote single council for Somerset would be unpopular and mean missed opportunities
The economies of Glastonbury, Wells, and Yeovil are very different to Minehead, Bridgwater, and Taunton.
A single unitary model has worked well in those areas that have adopted it in recent years, including Dorset, Wiltshire, and Buckinghamshire.
Mark Shelford: Independent Police and Crime Commissioners are less accountable than party politicians
Their appeasement of unlawful protestors has gone unchallenged. A democratic party structure delivers checks and balances.
Neil O’Brien: The next algorithm disaster – coming to a Conservative constituency near you. This time, it’s housing growth.
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
Gareth Streeter: An intelligent spending review could halt the Liberal Democrats in their tracks in the South West
More investment in rural transport and digital infrastructure and a voice for our fisherman would make a big difference to local campaigns.
The long-awaited Liberal Democrat revival in their traditional strongholds finally transpired. But the independents also made big gains.
Local elections 3) The contest with the Lib Dems – their revival has come far more at the expense of the Conservatives than of Labour
The Lib Dems have made net gains of 400 seats, so far.