Agenda and decisions

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Minutes from the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To approve the minutes from the previous meeting.


Resolved that the minutes of the Scrutiny Committee – Communities held on 10th April 2024 be confirmed as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )


Public Question Time

The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.

We are now live webcasting most of our committee meetings and you are welcome to view and listen to the discussion. The link to each webcast will be available on the meeting webpage, please see details under ‘click here to join online meeting’.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 37 KB

To discuss the work programme.


To assist the discussion, the following documents are attached:-


(a)  The Committee’s work programme

(b)  The Committee’s outcome tracker


Please use the following links to view the latest Somerset Council Forward Plans and Executive Forward Plan of planned key decisions that have been published on the Council’s website:


Somerset Council Forward Plans

Somerset Council Executive Forward Plan



Additional documents:


Verbal Update on Structural Changes pdf icon PDF 479 KB

To receive a verbal update on structural changes to the Community Services directorate.


Devolution Verbal Update pdf icon PDF 343 KB

To receive an update on the devolution of services to town and parish councils.

Additional documents:


Community Services 23/24 Budget Verbal Update

To receive a verbal update on the status of the 23/24 Community Services Budget Outturn Report.


Gypsy and Traveller Review Update pdf icon PDF 539 KB

To receive a report on the council’s responsibilities and support provided to the Gypsy and Traveller Community.


Somerset Cultural Strategy pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To consider the Somerset Cultural Strategy ahead of it going to Executive Committee in August.

Additional documents:


The committee noted the report.


Equality Due Regard Requirement for Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To receive a report on the requirement for Due Regard to Equalities for Scrutiny.


The chair and officers agreed to defer this item.