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Family Safeguarding Team launches in Somerset

A new way to support children and families in Somerset is launching from today with the aim of strengthening families to overcome their issues and reducing the number of children needing to come into care. Somerset County Council, in partnership with The YOU Trust and the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), has created the […]

Get Spooky… But stay Safe this Halloween

Somerset’s Director of Public Health is urging families to give a new Covid-friendly twist to Halloween this year and keep safe.   With cases of the virus rising throughout the county, trick or treating is a “no go” this year, but that doesn’t mean there is no spooky fun to be had!   Trudi Grant, […]

Crewkerne and Ilminster future schools provision enters next phase

Plans to re-envision how education is delivered in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area have today (21 October) moved a step forward at Somerset County Council’s Cabinet meeting. Councillors voted to proceed with consulting with the community over proposals to move from the current three-tier school system to a two-tier model of Primary and Secondary schools. […]

Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Somerset businesses

The results of a large county-wide survey about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses will be used to shape Somerset’s response and economic recovery planning. Conducted by Somerset’s five local authorities between July 24 and August 21 this year, the survey provides vital intelligence on how more than 1,300 businesses have been […]

Search to find homes for Somerset teenagers continues during pandemic

More homes are urgently needed in Somerset to provide vital support to young people as they move from care into adulthood. Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ placements during National Care Leavers’ Week (26 October – 1 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care as they make […]

Somerset school children set to help fight flu

Somerset County Council is urging all parents and carers of school aged children to return their flu consent form and help children become ‘flu fighters’ this winter. All schools should have issued information about the flu vaccination to parents and carers of eligible children and young people asking them to fill in an online form […]

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 […]

“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. […]