Author Archives: Emily Worthington

Two weeks until Somerset goes to the polls

Somerset County Council is asking residents to “use the fourth” and to make sure they cast their vote in the local election on Thursday 4 May. With just two weeks to go until people vote for who they want to represent their community on the County Council, the authority is reminding everyone of the date […]

Primary school admissions announced

Nearly 99 per cent of children in Somerset were given one of their top three choices and more than 93 per cent have secured their first choice primary school for the next academic year – an increase on previous years. Figures revealed by Somerset County Council show that for September 2017, 93.4 per cent of […]

Call for Somerset selfies to launch Council’s new Instagram account

Somerset County Council is joining the many public sector organisations using Instagram to engage residents with their services and is calling on the public to help with the launch. By adding Instagram to its social media mix, the Council hopes to reach more local residents and visitors to the County. With over 70 per cent […]

Last call for would-be councillors

Would-be County Councillors have just one week left to put themselves forward for Somerset County Council elections in May. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April and there are 55 seats available to be filled when the county goes to the ballot box on 4 May. Each seat is a chance to […]

Torbay joins Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service

The joint Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service has now welcomed Torbay to the mix. This will be the first time three English Trading Standards services have merged into a single shared service. The plan gives all three councils ‘greater clout’ at a time of significant financial pressure, regulatory change and increasing demand. Devon County […]

Care Leaver among those celebrating 10th National Apprenticeship Week

A care leaver who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Somerset County Council has spoken about how the opportunity has changed his future career ambitions. Tommy Wardle, a 25-year-old Apprentice Business Support Officer, is one of 37 apprentices currently working for Somerset County Council. He works with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Commissioning Team […]

Charltons Youth Club is ‘safe and welcoming’

The Charltons Youth Club in Charlton Adam has received Somerset County Council’s  ‘Safe and Welcoming’ Award in recognition for its safe practices and popular appeal to young people. A number of volunteers support this thriving club, which enables young people in the Charlton Mackrell and Charlton Adam communities to meet socially and enjoy a range […]

Children say thank you to social workers

Two Children’s Social Care workers from Somerset have been honoured for their outstanding work with children and young people in the county. Maxine Morgan, a Social Worker based in the Mendip area, and Kerry Waters, a Leaving Care Worker based in South Somerset, were both presented with the Children’s Worker of the Year Award last […]

Secondary school admissions rise

Over 97 per cent of Somerset’s children were offered a Secondary School place at one of their top three school choices, figures released by Somerset County Council show today. This is a slight increase on last year’s figure of 96.9 per cent – despite an increase in applications. This year Somerset County Council received 4,517 […]