Author Archives: SCC Communications

‘Claim your status’ this World AIDS Day

Today (Thursday 1 December) marks World AIDS Day. Over 105,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. To support the UK ambition of ending new infections of HIV by 2030, Somerset County Council is working together with The Eddystone Trust and the […]

Volunteers needed for Independent Remuneration Panel

Somerset County Council needs volunteers to join an independent panel, which sets the allowances payable to its elected members. The Independent Remuneration Panel, a legally required body, makes recommendations to the Council about the different financial allowances elected members can receive. Being a panel member will involve researching the amounts other authorities make available to […]

Holiday activities for Somerset’s ‘free school meal’ pupils on offer again this winter

More free, fun activities are on offer this December for Somerset children eligible for free school meals. The Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project is once again being delivered by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) as part of a Government initiative to help tackle inequalities in holiday hunger, physical […]

Cash incentives for landlords who help house Ukrainian refugees

An appeal for private landlords to come forward with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, properties for rent, has been launched. Generous Somerset sponsors have been hosting refugee families under the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. Accommodation is now needed as part of a planned pathway across all Councils for moving guests out of sponsor accommodation and into […]

Somerset residents benefit from free training to help boost earnings

Adults in Somerset have already gained new skills and jobs in tech and digital sectors after benefiting from free government-funded Skills Bootcamps. Skills Bootcamps, managed by Somerset and Dorset County Councils, are courses ranging from 3 to 16 weeks, developed alongside industry partners to offer skills in in-demand sectors, such as welding, programming, data analytics, […]

Lowest income households to pay no Council Tax under new Somerset Council scheme. Fifty percent discount for foster carers.

A new, unified Council Tax Reduction Scheme targeting help at people on low incomes, care leavers, and foster carers has been agreed for Somerset from 1 April 2023 when the new Somerset Council comes into being. The Scheme was approved by Somerset County Council on November 23. The scheme will be simpler and fairer and […]

Taunton Shadow Town Council Chair elected

Members of the Taunton Shadow Town Council have appointed Councillor Tom Deakin as Chair with Councillor Brian Larcombe as Vice Chair. The first meeting of the shadow council which has been set up to lead and oversee work to establish the new Taunton Town Council, also resolved to adopt Terms of Reference and Procedure Rules […]

Somerset Foster Carer dedicates first book to Children Looked After 

A Somerset foster carer has published her first children’s book, dedicated to all the children who came to her ‘without warm jumpers’.  ‘The Little Red Dragon’, written by Emma Lloyd who has fostered for Somerset County Council for over 8 years, tells the story of a dragon who encounters friendship and kindness as he searches […]

Taunton Shadow Town Council to meet 

The first meeting of the Taunton Shadow Town Council will take place on Thursday, 3 November. The shadow council has been set up to lead and oversee the work to establish the new Taunton Town Council which will come into being on 1 April 2023 – the same day as the new unitary Somerset Council. […]

iAero is flying high

It opened with a spectacular lift-off and now Somerset’s Aerospace Innovation Centre – iAero – is flying high with tenants moving in, significant interest from industry leaders, and new collaborative equipment being installed.   The purpose-built centre, based in Yeovil, is a regional hub for research, design and innovation and was delivered in partnership between Somerset […]