A Somerset County Council foster carer is starting 2018 as a published author, with the launch of her inspirational memoir. Louise Allen, who was herself a child in care in the 1970s, writes about her harrowing childhood and why it led her to foster caring. After overcoming cruelty, terrible neglect and lack of education, Louise […]

A consultation on the future of how Somerset County Council library services could be delivered across Somerset is due to start at the end of this month. A formal decision was taken today to consult on a set of proposals that seek to put the service on a sustainable footing for the long-term, at a […]

Staff and pupils at Somerset’s newest primary school had a day to remember as dignitaries from Somerset County Council joined them for its official launch. Primrose Lane Primary opened its doors in the summer, following the recent completion of a £4.2m, eight-classroom project – including a nursey – built to meet Yeovil’s growing demand for […]

Money

Plans to bridge a £13m budget gap will be discussed next week as Somerset County Council seeks to protect services for the most vulnerable while Government funding falls. The Council will continue to spend more than £300m on services to residents. The plans focus on a combination of savings and proposals to make use of […]

A new service to support good mental health in Somerset is launched today (15 Jan). Somerset County Council is introducing the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service (SMWS)  in partnership with Compass Disability Services . It will help people maintain and improve their mental wellbeing by developing support networks, increasing independence and helping them make use of […]

Somerset County Council is urging residents to take part in a second Highways England consultation on improvements to the A358. The supplementary consultation starts on Tuesday, 16 January, and will be seeking views on several options for the section between the M5 and the A358 at West Hatch. Lasting six weeks, the consultation closes on […]

Somerset school pupils have starred in a heart-warming video about childhood and fostering in a bid to raise awareness and help find more foster carers for vulnerable children in Somerset. The children from Holy Trinity Primary School, Taunton, share some of the happiest times in their own childhood in the video. They also reflect on […]

Home First, a Somerset health and social care initiative, is freeing up hospital beds during this busy winter period by giving people the care they need at home. Although the numbers of people being admitted to local hospitals has increased significantly, the number of people facing unnecessary delays in leaving hospital has reduced by an […]

Somerset County Council’s Public Health and NHS teams are reminding Somerset residents that getting your flu jab  and self-care are still the best way to stay well this winter. Winter is a particularly busy time for the NHS so to help alleviate pressure on the local NHS, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health is […]

A section of the England Coast Path in Somerset has been temporarily closed following a landslip. During stormy weather over the festive period a section of cliff near Home Farm at St Audrie’s Bay fell away. Somerset County Council is working with landowners and in liaison with Natural England to agree a new route as […]

More than 70 Somerset care providers have come together for a County Council organised workshop on improving care quality. The last 12 months have seen a significant increase in number of care homes and providers rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the care watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The county is ahead of the regional […]