Category Democracy

Election results:

The results of yesterday’s Somerset County Council elections are as follows: Liberal Democrat: 61                  Conservative: 36 Green Party: 5                           Labour: 5 Independent: 3                              Full details of the results for individual divisions and candidates can be found on the elections results page on the authority’s website  The results mean that Liberal Democrats take overall control of […]

#SomersetVotes tomorrow

Thousands of Somerset residents will be making their way to the ballot box for the County Council elections tomorrow (5 May 2022). Some 434,000-plus residents are eligible to vote for two of the 337 prospective councillors vying for their support today with 110 seats available across the county as Somerset prepares for the biggest change in […]

Polls open in just one week

Voters in Somerset will be heading for the polls in just a week’s time – and will be able to cast their vote for two candidates in the County Council election on 5 May. This year’s election is different as 110 councillors will be elected – two in each of the 55 divisions – as […]

Make sure you’re ready to vote on 5 May

With just under two weeks before people in Somerset go to the polls voters are being urged to get ready for the forthcoming local elections. Voters will already have a poll card informing them where they should go to cast their vote. Voters will be allocated to a polling station based on their home address. […]

Nominations for election published

The full list of people standing for election to Somerset County Council on 5 May has been published. There are 110 seats available across the county, two in the 55 divisions with voters able to cast two votes in each division – the area that councillors represent – on polling day. Yesterday (5 April) was […]

Poll cards arriving

Polling cards for the election for the new Somerset Council, town and parish councils on Thursday 5 May are arriving on doormats across the county.  Somerset residents are being advised to check their poll card to make sure that they know which polling station they need to use on 5 May as some locations have […]

Get your nomination in soon if planning to stand for election

Candidates planning to stand for election in Somerset on 5 May should submit their nominations soon to meet the deadline. Nominations close on 5 April – and papers must be submitted in person by 4pm to the local district council office in Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset. Nomination packs are available […]

Government confirms new ‘unitary’ Somerset Council

Following consideration by both Houses of Parliament, the Secretary of State has made the Somerset Structural Changes Order 2022 which paves the way for the new Somerset Council to be established on 1 April 2023. The Order comes into effect immediately and gives approval to the local elections on 5 May for 110 councillors to […]

Be a champion for your community

The clock is ticking down on the deadline for candidates to come forward if they want to stand for election in Somerset in May. There are around five weeks to go before nominations close for those interested in standing as one of Somerset’s community champions at county or local level. Candidates can also attend a […]

The last ever Somerset County Council budget is a “Budget for the future” says Council Leader

Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, has praised the team responsible for producing “the most positive budget in my time as Leader”. Speaking at Full Council as the 2022/23 Council budget was approved today (23 February), Cllr Fothergill said: “While other councils are dipping into reserves to fund day to day spending – […]