Cuts to county council services in Wellington continue with news this week that the town will have to pay for its own road grit this year and a major cutback in assistance for families with children. This means that Wellington will lose the Thursday Drop-in session at the library and the Tuesday Stay, Play and Learn session at the Methodist church.
The age group most largely affected by the proposals would be children aged 0-4 years and families in the Level 2 Support category (additional needs where ‘a little’ extra help is required). One-to-one and parenting support groups for Level 2 would stop.
The County Council hoped to minimise the impact through:-
- Better sign-posting to other services
- Establishing a grant scheme to provide start-up funding to parenting support groups providing Level 2 services.
- Making it easier for families to access information through ‘Somerset Choices’ website
- Continuing to develop co-ordinated, multi-agency early help services across the county
A public consultation event took place at Taunton Library on 22 November. However people can still share their views by completing a questionnaire, available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation. Or a paper copy is available from main libraries and closing date for consultation responses is 5pm, Monday 31 December 2018