Extra funding could be made available to allow a full review of Somerset County Council’s winter gritting service if recommendations from today’s Cabinet meeting are supported by Full Council next week. Thanks to better than expected finalised funding for 2019/20, Cabinet supported plans to provide up to £200,000 which will see the reversal of the […]

The M5, A303/A358 and improved strategic rail links were among the topics of conversation as the Leader of Somerset County Council welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport to Taunton today. Councillor David Fothergill hosted the event at Somerset County Cricket Club where MPs, council leaders and key members of the local business community had […]

Somerset County Councillors will next week consider budget plans to tackle its funding gap and lay the foundations for long-term sustainability. The financial plan being discussed by Full Council on Wednesday sets out a proposed net budget of £328m and total spending of £780m* on services in 2019/20, as well as £224m of investment in […]

Somerset County Council is expecting to consider proposals for a new way of supporting young carers early this summer. The Council is exploring a potential new approach that should mean better support for more young people, provided with the help of community organisations which can tap into funding that can’t be accessed by the County […]

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

A multi-million pound scheme to upgrade the busy M5 Junction 25 roundabout at Taunton is scheduled to begin next month following the appointment of the principal contractor. Somerset County Council has developed a scheme to increase the capacity of this vital link to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion and unlock land for employment […]

Proposals that would smooth a move to new arrangements for the County Council’s contribution to support for struggling families were approved today. Following a public consultation, Cabinet endorsed a revised approach to changes in the part of the Council’s getset Service that contributes to the support available to families with additional needs, known as level […]

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]

Somerset County Council’s Public health team is using ‘Time to Talk’ day (7 February) to encourage everyone to have a conversation about mental health today, and every day. Mental health affects around 70,000 people at any one time in Somerset and it’s estimated that nearly one in four adults experience at least one mental health […]

  Somerset Care leavers can now benefit from even more advice, support and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood. Somerset County Council has been working with care leavers, to develop a new Somerset ‘Local Offer’ website for young people at.www.somersetcareleavers.org.uk which will help care leavers from 16 to 25 years, understand […]