Social Worker of the year

Children and young people supported by Somerset Children’s Social Care can now say a big thank you to their social worker with a new award. Somerset County Council’s annual Staff Awards will take place in January, with a new Children & Young Person’s Social Worker of the Year category added to the long list of […]

Monks Ford - work in progress

Filling in potholes is usually a straightforward job – but not when they lie at the bottom of the fast-flowing River Axe. Somerset County Council’s highways engineers faced an unusual challenge recently when maintaining the road at Monks Ford near Wookey. Several deep potholes had formed within the ford and some specialist repair techniques were […]

Budget money coins

Somerset County Council has welcomed a big boost for business in Somerset and across the South West as part of yesterday’s Autumn Statement announcement. The Chancellor confirmed £65.2m for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) – the largest allocation to any one LEP in the country – as part of […]


Somerset County Council’s Leader said today’s Comprehensive Spending Review has failed to solve the issues around long-term funding of services for vulnerable adults and children. “Care for vulnerable elderly people and children is being neglected, undervalued and underfunded” said Cllr Osman. “It will take time to really understand the detail, but it’s clear local authorities […]

2015 South West Local Authority Challenge - Award for Best Chief Executive; The Holiday Inn, Taunton; Tuesday 20th October 2015; 
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A Somerset County Council accountant is one of the winners in a regional challenge which put local authorities through their paces. This first ever Local Authority Challenge was organised by South West Councils to give local authority employees the experience of what it is like to run a Council under extreme pressure.  During the day […]

Domestic abuse_crop

Somerset County Council is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse within families during a regional awareness week. The campaign aims to highlight that domestic abuse isn’t always between partners and that an increasingly common form of abuse is from adult children. Although arguments are a part of everyday life, abusive or violent […]

School children

Families and residents in Wincanton are being given the chance to have their say on the details of future developments at one of the town’s primary schools. Prospective parents and other interested parties are invited to a drop-in event at Wincanton Primary School, to view and feedback on the most up-to-date plans. The event on […]

Flood gate

New gates have been installed at eight locations across the Somerset Levels and Moors to close roads and keep motorists safe in the event of serious flooding. The emergency road closure gates will be used in place of temporary ‘road closed’ signs in an effort to stop vehicles driving through flood water and potentially getting […]

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A couple who foster teenagers have shared their Top Tips for fostering success – with being positive and praising progress top of the list. Somerset County Council husband-and-wife foster parents, Eve, 45, and Matt, 41, originally from Birmingham and Dorset, have been married for 10 years. They live near Wellington with Eve’s daughter Sophie, 25, […]

Scam fraud

A trader who travelled the country offering to clean householder’s carpets, including that of a vulnerable dementia sufferer, for rock-bottom prices before hiking his charges by up to 5,400 per cent has plead guilty  to seven offences. On 18th  November, 2015 at Exeter Magistrates Court, just before a three day trial was scheduled to start, […]