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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 […]

Somerset’s Public Health team urges Spring Booster jab take up

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging older and more vulnerable residents to take up the offer of a free, further Covid-19 booster vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as part of its latest review of the UK vaccination programme, has recommended an additional spring booster dose for our most vulnerable […]

Duke of Edinburgh Award students plant trees for the Jubilee

Six Somerset students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award planted some new trees as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The youngsters were fortunate enough to have a selected a glorious spring day for the occasion as they planted the new trees at the SSE Outdoors Centre in Kilve. The trees were planted […]

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 […]

Lord Lieutenant takes on extraordinary 70-mile Somerset Jubilee Jaunt

The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw is about to embark on an ambitious 70-mile wheelchair marathon – to celebrate seven decades of the Queen’s reign. Annie broke her back in a horse riding accident 20 years ago resulting in paraplegia.  But she won’t be letting life in a wheelchair get in the way of […]

Care experienced young people help shape corporate parents pledge

Somerset Corporate Parenting Board have unveiled a new strategy and pledge to Somerset’s Children Looked After, with the help of care experienced children and young people.  The new Corporate Parenting Strategy sets out Somerset County Council’s guidelines and aims as corporate parents, for how they will support young people in care to help them reach […]

Government climate change advisers on fact-finding trip to Somerset

Experts who advise the Government on emission targets have visited Somerset to find out more about the local challenges of tackling climate change. Somerset has set ambitious targets to become carbon neutral by 2030 – but as a large rural county faces a very different challenge to urban areas. The Climate Change Committee (CCC), the […]

Second round of funding to boost Somerset business recovery

Businesses in Somerset are being urged to bid for grants to help them recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic.  Somerset County Council has launched a second round of the Somerset Restart and Recovery Programme to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 and successive lockdowns.  These could be organisations that often […]

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 […]