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Exciting future for Priorswood Library

Celebrations took place last week (Friday 17 May) after Priorswood Library’s long-term future was confirmed with the signing of a Community Library Partnership. Library friends, partners, school and nursery children and staff joined together at the library to celebrate the signing of the agreement between The Friends of Taunton Library and Somerset County Council. Last […]

Government praises Council’s ‘cost effective’ schools programme

Somerset’s work to build and expand schools has been highlighted as a model of good practice by Government. The County Council has been praised by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education for its ‘efficient’ and ‘cost effective’ schools capital programme. In his letter to the Council’s Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty, Lord Agnew said the Government […]

Cabinet backs new approach for young carers support

A new approach that aims to expand and improve support for young carers was approved by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week. The plans, which have been drawn-up following meetings with young carers, were approved unanimously. They aim to reach more young people, working with and funding the voluntary and community sector provide them with […]

Somerset Libraries shortlisted for top award

The Somerset Digital Skills Talent Academy, hosted by Glass Box, Somerset Libraries, has made the shortlist for the Digital 100 Awards Finalists. Digital Leaders, the nationwide programme for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government, industry and charities, has today announced the finalists who make up the Digital Leaders 100 (DL100) list for 2019 and […]

Celebrating our dedicated staff on World Social Work Day

The spotlight is on Somerset County Council’s Social Workers today as they join a global celebration of those undertaking one of the most difficult jobs in society. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the Council’s work. And today, March 19, World Social Work Day, […]

Yeovil Copse Road junction next for switch-on

The Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is set to reach another landmark next week with the switch-on of the new upgraded Copse Road junction. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. […]

Ofsted finds positive improvement during inspection of Children’s Services

Vulnerable children in Somerset are receiving an improving service with confident staff making good decisions, a report from the regulator Ofsted has concluded. Ofsted inspectors carried out a snap inspection of Somerset County Council’s early help and social work teams to assess how cases were dealt with in the community. Inspectors found good practice and […]

Council’s pledge on climate change

Somerset County Council today joined local authorities across the country in declaring a climate emergency. A cross party initiative proposed by Cllr Tessa Munt and seconded by Cabinet Member David Hall at today’s Full Council meeting will see county-wide action and £25,000 allocated by the Council to fund dedicated work on getting a strategy off […]

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Sustainability a top priority as County Council agrees budget plans

Somerset County Council today approved a budget and financial plan that paves the way for medium-term financial sustainability. The plans see £780m spent on services in the county next year and a 2.99 percent increase in the County Council’s element of Council Tax. Along with a government approved additional one per cent increase ring-fenced for […]

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel ‘disappointed’ with Police and Crime Commissioner’s precept response

The Panel acknowledges the Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to the Panel’s formal report confirming approval of her Council Tax precept proposal for 2019/20, however they remain disappointed that many of their concerns have not been adequately addressed. Her recognition of the impact of the proposal on Council Tax payers is welcome and reflects the […]