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Balanced Budget Approved

Full Council today approved a budget worth over £310m to fund vital services – with a further £107m planned for investment in schools, roads and key infrastructure projects. Councillors also agreed a Council Tax increase of 1.99 per cent, along with a further 2 per cent ring-fenced for Adult Social Care, meaning Somerset’s residents face […]

Town and Parish partnership saves local bus routes

A pioneering partnership between parish and town councils, Somerset County Council and a local bus operator has saved two key West Somerset routes. This week Minehead Town Council and the Parish Councils for Porlock, Selworthy and Minehead without, and Luccombe signed a contract with the County Council pledging their financial support for the 10 and […]

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Get Online in Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries are once again taking part in ‘Get Online Week’, the nationwide campaign to help people get online for the first time. Taking place from 12 to 18 October 2015, there are over 90 free places available on 20 courses running in 18 libraries across Somerset. Eight libraries are running traditional courses for complete […]

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Red Ensign Flag raised to say ‘Thank You Seafarers’ on Merchant Navy Day

Somerset County Council proudly joined a host of Local Authorities across the country today (Thursday 3 September) in raising the Red Ensign flag to thank our many seafarers. Supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association, the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag, the Red Ensign, is flying on public […]

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Record breaking fun at Somerset libraries

Every summer Somerset libraries come alive with children taking part in The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge – and 2015 has proved to be no exception. With the help of nearly 100 young volunteers, children all over Somerset have been flocking to libraries to gain stickers and a medal for reading up to 6 books […]

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Skills & Learning Set To Change

The future of Somerset Skills & Learning takes a new direction today as Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Members endorsed its transfer to a new Social Enterprise. As a part of the County Council, Somerset Skills & Learning delivers training courses in a wide range of subjects leading to better education, employment, health and social outcomes […]

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Chinese Delegation visit a thriving Somerset

A top level delegation of Chinese business officials visited Somerset last week. At a time when partnerships between the UK and China are worth billions to the UK economy, Somerset continues to forge even closer links with the country. The Chinese Minister Counsellor of Economic and Commercial Affairs, Mr. Jin Xu, led a commercial visit […]

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Somerset Day Charity Boost

Local Somerset charity, Somerset Trust for Arts & Recreation (STAR), has received a welcome boost thanks to the generosity of Somerset County Council staff and dignitaries marking the first ever Somerset Day yesterday. Over £1,400 was raised for the County Council’s Chairman’s Charities through a staff Somerset Day ‘Bake Off’ style competition in the morning, […]

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£400K Dunster Works Now Complete

Over £400K of major highway improvements in Dunster are now complete – in time for the Easter break. Somerset County Council completed the necessary works ahead of schedule and wants to thank the residents and businesses of Dunster for their continuing patience. The joint works with Wessex Water started in early January and required the […]

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A new chapter for Library Services in Somerset

Free wi-fi and computer usage and an extra £10,000 per year for outreach library services are just a few of the changes being made to Somerset’s Library Service. These changes were approved today by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Members and will contribute towards savings of £472,000 for the next financial year (2015/16). The changes being […]