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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 […]

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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 […]


A new community boat has arrived in Somerset to be kept on standby in case of any future flooding emergencies. At all other times, the boat will be run and maintained by a community group at the Maunsel Lock Canal Centre near North Newton. The boat is flat-bottomed and fully accessible for wheelchairs, so its […]


Somerset County Council today welcomes a report into its strengths and areas for improvement following a review by the Local Government Association. The areas praised in the in the LGA Peer Review, which took place at the Council’s request, include the Council’s track record of resolving financial challenges – saving £100m over five years – its efforts […]


Somerset County Council is asking for people’s views on how oral health, particularly for children and young people, can be improved throughout the County. A quarter of all five year olds and a third of 12 year olds have dental decay in Somerset. Most oral health diseases are entirely preventable. The consultation, located at […]


Earlier this year, Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council successfully concluded negotiations with Tesco Stores Ltd. This followed the company’s confirmation that it no longer wished to develop the Northgate site in Bridgwater. Part of the agreement included a compensation payment and within negotiations all parties signed a confidentiality clause. However, councils have to […]


Parents from the Dulverton area are to get more support with school transport from Somerset County Council when their child goes to secondary school. The Council’s decision, which follows consultation, means eligible children in Dulverton All Saints School’s catchment area will now be able to receive free home-to-school transport to Kingsmead School in Wiveliscombe from […]

Know your risk - Diabetes UK

The people of Somerset are invited to a free Know Your Risk roadshow where they can find out their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes and get valuable information about how to reduce it. Diabetes UK has partnered up with Somerset County Council to deliver two roadshows in Somerset.  The first in Yeovil, at the […]