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Somerset County Council is working to bridge a budget gap of approaching £30m to balance its books in the face of falling funding and increasing demand. Council Leader, John Osman, has repeated his call for fairer funding as the authority addresses the shortfall of around £27m or more for 2016/17, caused by a drop in […]


With around three quarters of the people who take their own lives being male Somerset County Council and the charity Men’s Health Forum are hosting a conference today (08 October) to mark World Mental Health Day this month (10th October). Somerset is taking a lead nationally to raise awareness about men’s mental health and works with […]

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Walking frames to hand rails, hoists to level access showers are now available through a new countywide Community Equipment and Home Improvement Agency Service. The new service, ‘Somerset my home, my life’, aims to help people get the equipment and home improvements they need to help them stay independent and live in a place of […]

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A former foster brother and long-serving social worker at Somerset County Council has shared why he was “destined” for a career in social care. Trevor Goss, a Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service Team Manager, grew up as a birth son in a family who fostered teenagers. He has written a blog about his experiences for […]

Fly tipping

A Facebook deal went badly wrong and cost a mother-of-three £290 when she ended up in court last week after her rubbish was fly-tipped in a quiet Somerset lane. Highlighting the “duty of care” every individual and business has to get rid of their waste correctly, Kimberley Tierney, 23, was given a 12-month conditional discharge […]

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Somerset Libraries are once again taking part in ‘Get Online Week’, the nationwide campaign to help people get online for the first time. Taking place from 12 to 18 October 2015, there are over 90 free places available on 20 courses running in 18 libraries across Somerset. Eight libraries are running traditional courses for complete […]

Your Somerset 2014

You can download and read the most recent edition of ‘Your Somerset’ for each of the districts in Somerset here. Your Somerset is distributed to over 234,000 households across Somerset, four times a year and contains news, events and developments of community projects that  Somerset County Council and partners are involved in. It  was launched […]

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Top authors will descend on Somerset next month as the County Council’s library helps host the Yeovil Literary Festival. Yeovil Library has teamed up with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association to host the third annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2015 festival takes place from Wednesday 28 October to Sunday 1 […]

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A Taunton-based care worker is helping Somerset County Council give an insight into the world of working with people who have a learning disability. The Council’s Learning Disability Service chose support worker Jade Jones to star in a short film that shows the ins and outs of the role. The film, which can be found […]