Author Archives: Mark Ford

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Council Leader welcomes budget boost for Somerset

Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s funding announcement which should mean an extra £1m for the County Council and £6.8m for Somerset as a whole. The Minister Housing Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, confirmed that Somerset is to be included in the latest phase of the Business Rate Retention pilot scheme. The county and […]

Highbridge Enterprise Centre hits warp-speed

Businesses in Somerset now have even more help to grow with the help of the County Council’s network of Enterprises Centres. The Highbridge Enterprise Centre, which is already home to 15 businesses and 35 jobs, has had a £470,000 expansion. Three more light industrial units have been opened, providing an extra 234 square metres of […]

Help us help you: Heart of the South West message to Minister

Leaders from authorities across the Heart of the South West (HotSW) are calling on Government to help them play a greater role in getting ready for the impacts of Brexit. In a letter to the Minister for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), signed jointly by Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the HotSW Joint Committee […]

School admissions – apply online and in time

Parents across the county whose children need school places next September are being urged to get online and apply before the January deadline. The last day for applications for primary admissions is 15 January – this includes children starting school for the first time or moving from Infant to Junior and First to Middle schools […]

A month left to give views on proposed changes to services for children and their families

There’s still one month left for people to share their views about proposed changes to the support Somerset County Council provides to some children and families. Hundreds of people have already taken part in the consultation on potential changes to the getset Service; but more feedback, comments and views are wanted before the deadline of […]

Thirteen potential Community Library Partnerships announced

Community partners leading 13 potential Community Library Partnerships were announced today (3 December). On 5 November, Somerset County Council revealed it would retain 19 of its existing libraries and seek help from communities to run 15 other library buildings. Of these 15, potential community partners have stepped forward to express an interest in forming a […]

HIV & Sexual Health: Have your say

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is looking for views on the future shape of its targeted HIV and sexual health services. The current contract expires at the end of the March 2019 and the team is taking the opportunity to review how its HIV and sexual health prevention and HIV support services are provided […]

Putting the care into your career

Potential new recruits can find out more about the opportunities for careers in care at a Proud to Care jobs fair this week. Taking place at Yeovil College between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, 29 November the Somerset County Council-backed event will be staffed by representatives from up to 20 care providers. They can tell […]

Somerset buzzing about pollinator action plan

Somerset County Council is taking a lead role in work to help protect the county’s pollinating insect population. In partnership with Friends of the Earth and Somerset Wildlife Trust, the authority has published a county-wide strategy to help bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects survive and thrive. It joins the growing list of counties […]

New £4.7 million superfast broadband investment in Devon and Somerset

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) and BT are pleased to announce a new collaboration, working together to examine opportunities for Openreach to provide superfast broadband to even more homes and businesses in rural areas. The initiative will be targeted at helping areas not included within current publicly-subsidised or commercially-funded broadband roll-out plans. This extension of […]