At the moment, local services are provided by two tiers of local government: Somerset County Council, and the four districts of South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Sedgemoor and Mendip.
There is consensus among all councils that this arrangement is not working well. Somerset lags behind other parts of the UK in a number of areas and some local services, such as social care, are unsustainable.
There is now a proposal in place for two unitary authorities, covering the east and west of Somerset, to replace the current four districts and one county council..
Every Somerset resident will have one council responsible for services, one set of councillors, and one council tax bill. These new councils would work closely with each other to coordinate policy and share back office services where it makes sense. We also propose an ambitious programme of reform to local services to ensure they are responsive and efficient and can improve the places and quality of life in Somerset.