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Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour at Bridgwater Fair

This week is the time for Bridgwater funfair again and Somerset’s Public Health Leaders are encouraging people to enjoy the event safely. From 29th September until 2nd October, Bridgwater Fair returns to St. Matthews Field. Case numbers in Bridgwater are still high, so whilst Somerset County Council welcomes the return of the fair, people are […]

Somerset’s Public Health Director thanks residents ahead of Government’s Winter Plan rollout

Health leaders in Somerset welcome a cautious approach as the Government unveils its plans for tackling Covid-19 during Autumn and Winter, placing an emphasis on the importance of vaccinations, testing and tracing, and individual’s behaviour. From as soon as next week, vaccines will be offered to otherwise healthy 12 – 15-year-olds, via the school immunisation […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens at Wembdon Village Hall, Bridgwater

A new drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and the wider Bridgwater community at the Wembdon Village Hall, known locally as The Green. This testing site is situated in an area of the car park and will not affect the day to day running of the Village Hall. The new testing site opened on Monday, September 6 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms […]

Somerset County Council welcomes social care investment

Somerset County Council is today welcoming the Government announcement on extra funding for health and social care. The Council has been at the forefront of campaigns to invest more nationally in social care and has been pressing for increased funding. The Government is proposing a 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions, an increase in tax […]

Campaign launched to reduce knife crime in Somerset

Somerset communities are urged to report any knife crime in the area – and young people are encouraged to avoid becoming involved or victims of knife crime. A knife crime campaign was launched this week with a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of carrying a knife and report knife crime incidents across the […]

Tributes paid to former Councillor Tim Carroll

Tributes are being paid to former Somerset County Councillor and South Somerset District Councillor Tim Carroll who has died following a long illness. Mr Carroll was elected to Somerset County Council in 1993 and served as member for the Wincanton division until 2005. During his term in office, he served as Portfolio Holder for Environment […]

KickStart scheme boosting career prospects for young people in Somerset

Somerset County Council is helping young people getting into the world of work though the Government’s KickStart programme, and there are more vacancies still available. The KickStart Programme offers young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit the chance to land a six-month work placement, paid at national minimum wage for 25 hours per […]

Inspiring hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

Friday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to be aware of the role they can play in preventing suicide. One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. The Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly tough and for many […]

Digital Innovation Centre set for Firepool site

Somerset County Council has approved funding which paves the way for a new £11m Digital Innovation Centre at the Firepool site in Taunton. The centre will be a flagship development for Taunton, building on local strengths in the digital sector and forming a key part of plans for recovery and transformation of the Somerset economy, […]

Concessionary travel update

Restrictions on the use of Concessionary Bus Passes in Somerset will return to normal from Monday 6 September. As bus services in Somerset return to pre-Covid-19 levels and with students returning to schools and colleges, Concessionary Bus Pass holders will no longer be able to travel free of charge on local routes before 9.30am. The […]