Author Archives: SCC Communications

National Care Leavers Week – More ‘Stepping Stones’ needed in Somerset

This National Care Leavers week (25-31 October) Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young Care Leavers.  Care Leavers are defined as young people and adults who have spent time under the care of the Local Authority.  Stepping Stones carers support young care leavers aged 16 – 21, who are making the transition from care to independent living, but are not yet ready […]

Making our streets safer for women and girls

Funding to help tackle violence against women and girls has been awarded to North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council. The neighbouring councils have made a successful joint bid to the Home Office Safer Streets Fund for £324,449. The bid is an innovative and collaborative proposal by the two councils covering the whole Somerset policing […]

Spot the signs of domestic abuse and modern slavery

New free online resources are available for both professionals and the public to help spot the signs and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of domestic abuse and modern slavery. This new range of online learning modules will give professionals further confidence on next steps and the help and support they can provide to […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens at Wembdon Village Hall, Bridgwater

A new drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and the wider Bridgwater community at the Wembdon Village Hall, known locally as The Green. This testing site is situated in an area of the car park and will not affect the day to day running of the Village Hall. The new testing site opened on Monday, September 6 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms […]

Somerset County Council welcomes social care investment

Somerset County Council is today welcoming the Government announcement on extra funding for health and social care. The Council has been at the forefront of campaigns to invest more nationally in social care and has been pressing for increased funding. The Government is proposing a 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions, an increase in tax […]

Campaign launched to reduce knife crime in Somerset

Somerset communities are urged to report any knife crime in the area – and young people are encouraged to avoid becoming involved or victims of knife crime. A knife crime campaign was launched this week with a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of carrying a knife and report knife crime incidents across the […]

Tributes paid to former Councillor Tim Carroll

Tributes are being paid to former Somerset County Councillor and South Somerset District Councillor Tim Carroll who has died following a long illness. Mr Carroll was elected to Somerset County Council in 1993 and served as member for the Wincanton division until 2005. During his term in office, he served as Portfolio Holder for Environment […]

Concessionary travel update

Restrictions on the use of Concessionary Bus Passes in Somerset will return to normal from Monday 6 September. As bus services in Somerset return to pre-Covid-19 levels and with students returning to schools and colleges, Concessionary Bus Pass holders will no longer be able to travel free of charge on local routes before 9.30am. The […]

Notice of Vacancy

A notice of vacancy has been published for the Comeytrowe and Trull division of Somerset County Council following the death of Councillor Alan Wedderkopp. An election to fill the seat will be held if the Returning Officer receives a request in writing from two electors from within the county of Somerset. On receipt of the […]

£500,000 to boost re-start and recovery

Anchor businesses in Somerset that attract people to visit and support a wider range of local enterprises are being urged to bid for grants to help them re-start and recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council is launching a £500,000 fund to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 […]