Author Archives: SCC Communications

Unitary proposals take big step forward as Government invites Somerset to submit plans

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has welcomed receipt of a letter from Government which paves the way for a new model of local government in the county. The County Council has asked the Government to consider replacing the five existing councils in Somerset with One Somerset – a simple, single unitary council to end confusion for residents, remove duplication and free […]

Heavy fines for roadworks offences

Two firms have received significant fines after pleading guilty to roadworks offences. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted British Telecom PLC and Wessex Water Services Limited as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe. The cases, heard at Taunton Magistrates on Monday 21 September, […]

Lift your spirits with #HelloYellow

Somerset County Council is backing a campaign designed to boost spirits and support young people by asking residents to unite in wearing yellow on Friday (9 October) to mark World Mental Health Day. The #HelloYellow campaign is led by charity Young Minds to support young people’s mental health, not only on the action day but […]

Plans published on Somerset’s Climate Emergency following public feedback

Draft plans have now been drawn up on how Somerset will tackle the changing climate in a brand-new Climate Emergency Strategy, developed by the five councils in Somerset. Earlier this year people in Somerset were invited to have their say about the global Climate Emergency and Somerset’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. The […]

“We are open – come and see us” say Somerset Libraries

“We are open – and we’d love to see you” is the message from Somerset Libraries as they prepare to celebrate Libraries Week from 5 to 10 October The Somerset County Council service wants to make sure residents know that it’s almost back to business as usual following the closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. […]

Apply now for 2021 school places

Somerset parents are being urged to apply for school places online and in time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through Somerset County Council’s website: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions The deadline for parents to submit applications for secondary school places is Saturday, 31 […]

Council’s improved finances recognised with top ranking

Somerset County Council’s significantly improved finances have been recognised by independent auditors in their end of year report. The turnaround in just two years has seen the Council move from an “adverse” Value for Money (VfM) conclusion to “unqualified” in 2019/20 – going from a very challenging position to the top ranking. The findings from […]

Libraries offer digital help for job seekers

Somerset Libraries are kicking off National Libraries Week with an innovative new scheme. From Monday 5 October iPads will be available to job seekers looking for an extra bit of help in their quest for employment. The free iPad Loan Scheme from Somerset County Council is designed to help people looking for a new job […]

Your Somerset Autumn 2020… out now!

The latest edition of Your Somerset is hitting doorsteps across the county and is now available to download. It’s packed full of useful information to help keep you fit and well (see pages 14 and 15), along with advice if you or someone you know maybe experiencing domestic abuse (see page 13). If you’re looking […]

Grants from The Somerset Fund to help local charities thanks to generous local businesses

If you are a grassroots community group based in Somerset, grants are available up to the value of £2,500 from The Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages the Fund and is encouraging applications from smaller charities and community groups that run on less than £100,000 per year. The grants will be ‘unrestricted’, which means […]