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Deadline nears for Somerset Medal nominations

The clock is ticking on nominations for the Somerset Medal – the award launched by Somerset County Council to honour the county’s unsung coronavirus heroes. The Council wants to pay tribute to those who made superhuman efforts to keep Somerset going during the pandemic – from the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. […]

The future of local government in Somerset: Last chance to have your say

It’s the last week for people to have their say on the future of local government in Somerset as the Government’s consultation draws to a close.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MGCLG) is asking for views on proposals to replace Somerset’s five existing councils with a new unitary system.  The consultation formally closes on 19 April after an eight-week period and […]

Council chairman expresses his sorrow at the death of Prince Phillip

Councillor Nigel Taylor, Chairman of Somerset County Council, has declared his sadness at the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. The County Council’s Union flag at County Hall in Taunton has been lowered to half-mast as a sign of respect, and to mark the beginning of eight days of mourning, […]

£8.6 million of additional support for Somerset care providers

Care providers in Somerset will be supported with an additional £8.6 million package to help them mitigate against the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The additional funds from Somerset County Council agreed for 2021/22 will allow providers to continue investing in staff and delivering quality care, reflecting National Minimum Wage increases. The coronavirus pandemic […]

Your Somerset – Spring 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and  campaigns and projects that County Council and our partners are involved in. You can download and read the most recent edition of […]

Somerset Medal to honour county’s unsung heroes

From vaccinators to van drivers, health staff to home-schoolers, countless people have kept Somerset going over the last 12 months – and now Somerset County Council is honouring them with a new accolade. Today (23 March) marks one year since the first lockdown was introduced – and now it also marks the launch of the […]

Major milestone achieved for iAero Centre

The iAero Centre, a cutting-edge aerospace innovation facility in Yeovil, is flying high with completion of construction work and the start of the centre’s fit-out. Somerset County Council has worked with a range of partners to develop the iAero Centre which will provide high-quality workspace and specialist support services to facilitate collaboration and innovation amongst […]

Councillors scrutinise impacts of a two-unitary system on adult and children’s services

A special Scrutiny meeting was held today to discuss the potential impact of a two-unitary system of local government on adult social care and children’s services. The Government is currently consulting with the public on proposals to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with a new unitary system. Today, a special Joint Scrutiny for Adults, Health, […]

Progress update on CDS full fibre network rollout

Preparations are well under way for the roll-out of the full fibre network through the recently awarded contracts from the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Around 56,000 homes and businesses will be provided with access to Gigabit capable broadband by internet providers Airband, Truespeed and Wessex Internet. While most of the construction is expected […]

County Council invests £70m in improving lives in Somerset

Somerset County Council is investing more than £70 million over the next three years in projects that will help improve residents’ everyday lives. The capital programme budget, approved by Full Council, brings spending on both large and smaller schemes, to £213m when investments announced for the current financial year are taken into account. The boost […]