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A local poll on the two proposals for the future of local government in Somerset currently under consideration -- 'One Somerset' or 'Stronger Somerset' – will now go ahead later this month.

The poll, which will be independently run and verified by Civica Electoral Services, will take place from 18 May to 4 June.

Every elector in Somerset will be issued with a ballot paper and invited to vote by post or online.

The local poll was agreed by each of Somerset's four District Councils at meetings on Friday 30 April. The report considered at the meetings said holding a poll would "give residents a voice in the debate and help the Secretary of State in understanding and determining the level of support amongst residents for each of the options".

The District Councils approached Somerset County Council to take part in the poll. Somerset County Council has informed the District Council Leaders that it will not be participating in or endorsing the poll.

The District Council Leaders have written to the Secretary of State to inform him of the poll and its dates and ask that the result of the poll be properly considered as part of the decision-making process on the future of local government in Somerset.

What are the two options?
1. One council for Somerset
("One Somerset" -the plan for a single Council proposed by Somerset County Council)

2. Two Councils for Somerset: EasternSomerset and Western Somerset
("Stronger Somerset" the plan for two Councils for Somerset – an Eastern and a Western Somerset Council -proposed by the 4 District Councils

Want to know more? Click here for the full Options Report

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