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Graduates are being given the chance to change their career path this World Social Work Day (Tuesday 17 March) and make a difference to children’s lives in Somerset by Stepping Up to Social Work. Somerset County Council, in partnership with other local authorities across the South West, has successfully bid for more than £1.6 million […]


Phase 2 of a major scheme to prevent flooding on the Somerset Levels is due to start on Tuesday (7 April). The works are being led by Somerset County Council and will see four new culverts installed under the A372 at Beer Wall, to the east of Langacre Rhyne, which runs alongside the River Sowy. […]


Nearly £20million of capital investment has been agreed to build, expand and renew Somerset schools and settings for young children in 2015-16. Somerset County Council will commit £6.5million for a new primary school in Yeovil, over £6.5million for new classrooms at existing schools, and £5million for schools’ and children’s centres structural repairs and maintenance next […]

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Nominations are now officially open for this year’s Somerset Star Volunteer Awards. The County Council-backed awards celebrate individuals and groups, young and old, who volunteer in their communities and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Working with ‘Somerset You Can Do’ and the local volunteer networks, Somerset County Council is once again throwing its support […]


Over £400K of major highway improvements in Dunster are now complete – in time for the Easter break. Somerset County Council completed the necessary works ahead of schedule and wants to thank the residents and businesses of Dunster for their continuing patience. The joint works with Wessex Water started in early January and required the […]


County Councillor Claire Gordon has today resigned from the Council on grounds of ill health. Cllr Gordon has been a councillor for 22 years, representing the Taunton North ward for the last 18 years. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held on 7 May, at the same time as the General, District and […]


Somerset County Council is restating its commitment to rapid improvement of Children’s Services after fully accepting a critical Ofsted report. “We fully accept the key findings of this Ofsted inspection and the short-comings it highlights,” said Julian Wooster, Director of Children’s Services. “Services are not good enough and improvements need to be made quickly and […]

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A year after the major incident officially came to an end Somerset County Council is this week celebrating the incredible response to last year’s flooding on the Levels and Moors. The widespread flooding was classified a ‘major incident’ between 24 January and the end of March last year. It is thought nearly 150 homes were […]


Somerset County Council’s work in helping vulnerable children access free early learning has been recognised at a national level for the second time in 12 months. All families of two-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds who meet nationally-identified eligibility criteria can apply for up to 570 hours per year of funded early learning places at a range […]

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A £1.16million flagship enterprise centre on the outskirts of Highbridge officially opened today (Wednesday 25 March). There was ‘standing room only’ as entrepreneurs joined Somerset County Council’s Highbridge Enterprise Centre team, including Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and South West Business Centres, for the event. Highbridge Enterprise Centre champions high growth enterprises […]