Author Archives: SCC Communications

Foster couple shares uplifting story in Pride month

A young Somerset couple fostering two teenage brothers say parenting a family had always been a dream they felt they may never achieve, simply because they are the same sex. Tristan and Luke, a gay couple in their 30s, say fostering has opened up a new world of fun, love and a host of new […]

County Council provides free emergency PPE for Early Years

Free packs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in emergencies will be supplied to Early Years providers in Somerset thanks to the County Council. Early Years staff use gloves and aprons in the ordinary course of their work and will continue to do so as normal. Current Government guidance is that an adult in […]

New figures show Council’s finances in strong position

Positive financial results and a major boost to reserves have put Somerset County Council in a strong position to cope with the coronavirus crisis. In the last financial year, Somerset County Council increased its reserves to £76.2m across the board and delivered efficiencies and cost-cutting measures that enabled a £6.4m underspend. It comes as councils […]

Somerset leaders urge people to take action, to minimise the spread of coronavirus

Health and care organisations from across Somerset have joined together to remind people to follow Government social distancing rules to minimise the increase of positive cases of coronavirus across communities. The warning comes as new figures show the rate of transmission of the virus – known as the “R value” for the south west has […]

Residents urged to watch out for coronavirus ‘test and trace’ scam

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is warning residents to be aware of scammers looking to exploit the new NHS Test and Trace service. The government system, which launched last week, is designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by quickly testing people with symptoms and either phoning, texting or emailing whoever they […]

Cheer for volunteers – National volunteers’ week 2020

It’s National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) and Somerset County Council and partners are celebrating all the amazing work volunteers do, not just during the last few COVID-19 months, but all year round. Many people stepped forward to support local community groups and organisations during the COVID-19 outbreak – a heart-warming response – and the Council […]

If not now, then when? Crisis must bring change, says Council Leader

The Leader of Somerset County Council is urging action to secure the future of social care in the wake of COVID-19. Councillor David Fothergill has written to the Secretary of State saying that social care nationwide is at a ‘watershed’, with Coronavirus exposing its fragile state after decades of funding that has failed to match […]

On-street parking patrols to resume

On-street parking patrols are due to restart in Somerset on Monday (1 June) following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. With more pupils returning to schools and some businesses starting to reopen, Somerset County Council’s civil enforcement officers will return to help keep roads clear and traffic moving. At first, they will serve penalty notices on […]

SCC’s Outdoor Centres provide vital support during pandemic

Somerset County Council’s Outdoor Centres (SSE Outdoors) are providing a haven for the county’s most vulnerable young people during the coronavirus lockdown. Kilve Court in West Somerset, and the Charterhouse Centre on the Mendips, have been opening their doors to young people most in need of a safe and reassuring space. Since 24 March, the […]

Care homes stay connected during COVID lockdown

Care homes across Somerset have been praised for the way they are using technology to keep loved ones connected during the COVD19 crisis. Somerset County Council has thanked them for embracing IT to help residents and relatives stay in touch while visits to the county’s care and nursing homes are suspended. Homes across the county […]