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Sound financial management enables balanced budget says Council Leader as consultation starts 

As consultation into Somerset County Council’s last ever budget opens, Council Leader Cllr David Fothergill has highlighted how several years of prudent financial management has meant the Council should be able to set a balanced budget for 2022/23. Councillor David Fothergill said: “Careful financial management over the last few years has left us in a sound financial position and the County […]

Look after your mind as well as your body this winter

Covid continues to pose challenges to our community both here in the South-West and across the UK, making it as important as ever that we look after our mental health, as well as our physical health. Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health, said: “It is normal to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about […]

Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce reaches major milestone

The Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce has now helped to distribute more than one million items of food since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The Food Resilience Taskforce is funded by Somerset County Council and supplied by a wide range of generous organisations including Fareshare, HiS Church, local supermarkets, Branston Potatoes, Charlie Bigham’s, and many […]

Somerset’s Public Health Director encourages sensible precautions as the Government moves to ‘Plan B’

Health leaders in Somerset are urging everyone to continue taking sensible precautions and follow national guidance as the Government begins to move to ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions.  As we begin to see Omicron spread through regions of the UK, early concerns are being raised about the pressure on NHS services. The focus on vaccination as the primary way we can protect ourselves and our NHS remains clearer than ever, and Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding anyone who is yet to receive […]

Yeovil Library decarbonisation project completed

Yeovil Library has undergone a transformation to make the building greener and more energy efficient as part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to decarbonise its buildings. The project has seen a new air source heat pump installed to heat the building in a more sustainable way, lamps changed to LEDs, new thermally efficient windows, improved […]

Unsung heroes honoured at Chairman’s Awards

Selfless Somerset citizens who have gone the extra mile to support their communities have been recognised for their contributions at the Somerset County Council Chairman’s Awards. The Chairman’s Awards were recently held at Taunton Rugby Club with 16 individuals and four groups presented with certificates and pin-badges by Somerset County Council Acting Chair Councillor Mark […]

Enjoy festive gatherings whilst staying Covid-Safe  

Businesses and residents are urged to enjoy but plan Covid safe Christmas get-togethers this festive season. With Covid rates still high across the County, Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding everyone to think about how they can enjoy the festivities, whilst still taking simple measures to help control the spread of Coronavirus. Everyone […]

Free fun activities return for eligible children this winter

Children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will once again be offered free fun activities over the school holidays this winter.  Young people aged 5 – 16 years will have the opportunity to take part in enriching physical activities and be provided with a nutritious meal and information about eating healthily, as part […]

Pop-up walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held across Somerset this weekend

Walk-in clinics are taking place across Somerset this weekend – giving local people more opportunities to get their COVID-19 jabs. Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset County Council, said: “The vaccination remains the best form of defence that we have against covid, and I would urge anyone who is yet to receive […]

Adoption Judgement Press Statement – November 2021

Somerset County Council welcomed a High Court judgment acknowledging that decisions made in respect of the adoption of ten children in Somerset were in their best interests and lawful, despite procedural irregularities at the early stages of the adoption process. The High Court considered in September whether appropriate medical information had been requested of the […]