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Young people help shape future Somerset Children’s Services

Young people across the county have helped shaped Somerset’s new Children and Young People’s Plan, setting out how key issues such as mental health, climate change, sexual health, harassment and more will affect young people. Approved by Somerset County Council’s Executive on Monday 11 July, the Children’s and Young People Plan 2022-24 has been developed […]

Full fibre broadband ready for service for thousands more premises

Another 2,500 homes and business across Devon and Somerset are now able to access full fibre broadband thanks to the ongoing rollout through the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Internet Service Provider Airband has announced the latest figures as it continues its gigabit capable fibre build in the region on behalf of CDS. Access […]

Flying the flag to show solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities for Taunton Live and Pride

Somerset County Council proudly raised the Rainbow flag outside County Hall this morning (Monday 11 July) to show support and solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities. Members of the County Council’s Executive and organisers of Taunton Live and Pride celebrated as the flag was raised as part of this year’s events. Councillor Adam Dance, Somerset County Council […]

Graphic informing people to look out for others during hot weather

Keep yourself and others safe during hot weather

With hot weather forecast next week, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-high twenties across much of Somerset next week and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a Level 2 Heat Health Warning for […]

Somerset County Council ranks in Top 100 Apprentice Employers 2022 list

Somerset County Council has been named as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the UK by the Department for Education. The County Council came in 67th on the prestigious list and was one of just three Local Authorities to be included in the Top 100. To mark the occasion, Somerset Support Services for […]

On film – The Platinum Jubilee in Somerset

An official film has been produced to give a flavour of how Somerset celebrated The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The film was commissioned by the county’s Lord Lieutenant , Annie Maw CVO – and a copy will be sent to Her Majesty. The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw said:  “We are all so proud of […]

Support for Somerset households with food and energy bills

Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials over the coming months. Somerset County Council has been allocated £3.8m to distribute before September 30th as part of the second round of funding provided through the Government’s Household Support Fund. […]

New Somerset Council: Budget faces combination of challenges as inflation hits all councils

Papers published today (1 July 2022) show the challenge that inflation is presenting to council budgets. The team putting together the budget for the new Somerset Council will be bringing together the budgets of the five current councils and delivering the planned £18.5 million in savings from the move to a single unitary council. However, […]

How to get your COVID-19 vaccination this summer

The COVID-19 spring booster programme will draw to a close at the end of June, and those who have yet to have theirs are urged to come forward as soon as possible.  Since March, the NHS has been offering spring booster doses to all people aged 75 years and over, people aged 12 years and […]

Wessex Internet and CDS extend full fibre broadband to more than 4,700 properties across South Somerset

A further 1,110 homes and businesses in South Somerset will be provided with ultrafast broadband access thanks to extra funding secured by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) as part of a planned rollout being delivered by Wessex Internet to bring connectivity to hard to reach areas. The additional properties will be added to around 3,600 […]