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Deadline nears for Somerset Medal nominations

The clock is ticking on nominations for the Somerset Medal – the award launched by Somerset County Council to honour the county’s unsung coronavirus heroes. The Council wants to pay tribute to those who made superhuman efforts to keep Somerset going during the pandemic – from the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. […]

The future of local government in Somerset: Last chance to have your say

It’s the last week for people to have their say on the future of local government in Somerset as the Government’s consultation draws to a close.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MGCLG) is asking for views on proposals to replace Somerset’s five existing councils with a new unitary system.  The consultation formally closes on 19 April after an eight-week period and […]

£8.6 million of additional support for Somerset care providers

Care providers in Somerset will be supported with an additional £8.6 million package to help them mitigate against the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The additional funds from Somerset County Council agreed for 2021/22 will allow providers to continue investing in staff and delivering quality care, reflecting National Minimum Wage increases. The coronavirus pandemic […]

Somerset Medal to honour county’s unsung heroes

From vaccinators to van drivers, health staff to home-schoolers, countless people have kept Somerset going over the last 12 months – and now Somerset County Council is honouring them with a new accolade. Today (23 March) marks one year since the first lockdown was introduced – and now it also marks the launch of the […]

More groups urged to get Covid-19 tested

Free Coronavirus community testing is now available for even more groups of Somerset residents to help break chains of transmission and keep communities safe. Around one in three people with Coronavirus do not have symptoms. Community testing, using lateral flow devices, is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms, […]

SEND improvements benefit children and families

Improvements in the way SEND services are delivered across Somerset are already bringing benefits to children, young people and families, Somerset’s latest Health and Wellbeing Board heard. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset County Council are working closely together and investing heavily in their shared commitment to improve the lives of children and young people […]

History on the timetable as new Somerton school prepares for opening

Pupils will step into history after Easter as the new King Ina Church of England Academy open its doors for the first time. Somerset County Council has invested £7.3m to develop the new primary school which can accommodate up to 420 pupils and 52 early years children, with 14 classrooms, a pre-school, a school hall, […]

Thousands of children set to benefit from Easter holiday activities programme

Somerset County Council has joined with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme of activities for the Easter holidays, aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. More than 2,000 young people aged 5 – 16 years will have access […]

Decision made on the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today approved proposals for a major change in the delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St Bartholomew’s, Merriott and Haselbury […]

Director of Public Health encourages all households with school age children to regularly COVID-19 test

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, urges all Somerset families and households with children to start to take a free Covid-test twice every week. Each person in a Somerset household with primary, secondary and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are encouraged to test themselves at home twice every […]