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Together we’re delivering your new Somerset council

Residents, businesses, and communities are being encouraged to help build a new council for Somerset. The Government has decided that all five existing councils in Somerset will be replaced by a new single unitary authority by April 2023.  Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill is now encouraging people to get involved with building the new council […]

Coming together to create a new Council for Somerset

Ambitious plans to create a new Council for Somerset are now being actioned following a key Government decision this week. On Wednesday, the Government announced that all five existing councils in Somerset will be replaced by a new single unitary authority by April 2023.  Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has written to Robert Jenrick, the Secretary […]

Government backs One Somerset – now let’s move forward together as one

Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s announcement from Government that the five existing councils in Somerset will be replaced by a new single unitary authority. Robert Jenrick, the Secretary for State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, today confirmed the One Somerset business case, developed by the County Council and widely backed by MPs, key […]

Flag to fly at half-mast in tribute to Councillor

Somerset County Council will fly its flag at half-mast to mark the death of long-standing Councillor Alan Wedderkopp who has passed away at the age of 89. Tributes will also be paid at Wednesday’s meeting of Full Council by vice chair Councillor Mark Keating. Cllr Wedderkopp was elected to Somerset County Council in 2013 to […]

£500k fund to help Somerset’s communities open up safely

A new £500,000 fund is being launched by Somerset County Council to help towns and parishes reopen community facilities safely and bring people back together. As national coronavirus restrictions ease, the County Council is working in partnership with Somerset Association of Local Councils (SALC) to help towns and parishes open up village halls, meeting rooms […]

Your Somerset – Summer 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 […]

Celebrating Somerset’s registrars after a year like no other

A new event to celebrate the vital work done by registrars and their colleagues is being held on 1 July with National Registrars’ Day. Members of Somerset County Council’s Registration Service are using the day to reflect on all that’s been achieved over the last year, from the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit […]

Council steps up commitment to veterans at start of Armed Forces Week

VIPs from public services and the Armed Forces will gather outside County Hall in Taunton on 21 June to honour Service personnel past and present at the start of Armed Forces Week. The Armed Forces flag will be raised by Somerset County Council’s Vice Chair, Cllr Mark Keating. He will be joined by senior figures […]

Help shape the future of public services in Somerset

Somerset County Council is inviting residents, businesses and organisations across Somerset to join discussions to help shape the future of public services in the county. The Government’s eight-week consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset closed on 19 April and letters have been sent to households across Somerset inviting people to get involved in the […]

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes are unveiled today as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal.  The Somerset Medal has been launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners announced as the county celebrates Somerset Day.  They include vaccination volunteers, food deliverers, PPE producers, pop-up shop keepers and a whole host of other good Samaritans who […]