Evening bus services on some key routes in Somerset begin running from next week (30 January 2023). Somerset County Council is subsidising evening services from Monday to Saturday connecting Taunton with the towns of Minehead, Bridgwater, Wellington and Chard after 8pm and running to at least 10.30pm. Currently most of the services stop between 8-8.30pm. […]

The ‘My Time to Care’ campaign was shot entirely in Somerset and stars local carers in six new videos being launched today (Monday, January 16). Somerset County Council has joined forces with the NHS and Registered Care Providers Association for the new campaign, which aims to empower carers, and show how working in social care […]

Bus users in Somerset will be able to travel on most routes in the county for just £2 from January. The major fare cut is part of an initiative funded by the Government aimed at boosting bus use while helping passengers to save money as the cost of living crisis continues to bite, fuelled in […]

A variety of bear-themed family games, activities and competitions are planned atTaunton Library during February Half Term (11-18 February), inspired by Fostering InSomerset’s latest TV campaign: Anna’s Story. The week offers something for all ages, with activities such as craft sessions, Legoplay, and story-times running alongside a week-long treasure trail. The activities are part of […]

Somerset County Council has received confirmation that a funding bid for a major road improvement has been unsuccessful. Lead Member for Transport and Digital Cllr Mike Rigby has said the Council will continue to seek Government funding to look at alternative ways to address some of the issues affecting the villages of Walton and Ashcott […]

a young female child wearing a red back pack, holding hands with a female adult

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (6-12 February), Somerset County Council is sharing some simple tips to encourage parents and carers to consider how they can help children to build meaningful connections as part of this year’s ‘Let’s Connect’ theme. 

Cllr Adam Dance stands outside County Hall in Taunton wearing a purple hoodie with 'I Test' in large, blue letters

Next week marks the start of National HIV testing week (6-12 February), and Somerset County Council are encouraging anyone who may have put themselves at risk of getting the virus to get tested.

Tower vaccination centre in Taunton. A red brick, flat roof building with a row of white wooden windows and a large, blue 'NHS Tower Vaccination Centre' sign.

Tower vaccination centre in Taunton. A red brick, flat roof building with a row of white wooden windows and a large, blue ‘NHS Tower Vaccination Centre’ sign.

Somerset residents are being invited to have their say on the new Somerset Council’s approach to planning matters. The five current Somerset councils (Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council) are consulting the public on a draft ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ (SCI) – […]

Essential drainage and repair works are being undertaken next month on the A361 between Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet. The scheme near Havyatt, just outside Glastonbury, will include repairs to the existing drainage system and installation of some additional gullies, raised kerbs and patching to prevent flooding to property. Work commences 13 February and is expected […]

Somerset County Council’s domestic abuse service has supported a record number of young people seeking support during 2022/23. Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (SIDAS) helpline took 301 calls from people between the age of 16 – 20-year-olds since April last year, compared to 128 in 2021/22 – a nearly three times increase. Proportionately young people […]

Smoking in pregnancy is a sensitive issue which needs to be treated as an addiction and not a lifestyle choice, according to health care professionals in Somerset. Recent statistics suggest that 10% of babies delivered in the county are born to pregnant smokers – bringing a wide range of potential complications and health impacts and […]

An Ofsted and Care Quality Commission letter has shown improvements in Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) services in Somerset. Inspectors carried out a re-visit of the SEND Local Area Partnership (Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset and schools) in late 2022, and released their letter, detailing progress to the Partnership on Wednesday 1 February. The […]