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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 […]

Dedicated community groups and teams honoured in next round of Somerset Medal

Groups, teams and other volunteers will be presented with the Somerset Medal next month after being recognised as some of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes.  The Somerset Medal was launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best. The first individual winners were announced on Somerset Day with a second round […]

£5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back

Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to help businesses in rural parts of Somerset bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic. The Rural Services Grant Fund is part of a £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council which aims to kickstart the county’s economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on […]

Somerset steps up to support Afghan refugees

People across Somerset have been stepping forward to help support Afghan refugees as the crisis being played out in the international spotlight deepens. Somerset County Council is committed to help a scheme to house Afghans who supported British military and to resettle interpreters and translators. And local residents have done our county proud offering spare […]

Notice of Vacancy

A notice of vacancy has been published for the Comeytrowe and Trull division of Somerset County Council following the death of Councillor Alan Wedderkopp. An election to fill the seat will be held if the Returning Officer receives a request in writing from two electors from within the county of Somerset. On receipt of the […]

Covid-19 testing remains key as self-isolation rules change

People who test positive for Covid-19 still need to self-isolate for 10 days, but from today (Monday, 16 August) people who have both doses of their coronavirus vaccine, and those aged 18 and under, will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. […]

£500,000 to boost re-start and recovery

Anchor businesses in Somerset that attract people to visit and support a wider range of local enterprises are being urged to bid for grants to help them re-start and recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council is launching a £500,000 fund to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 […]

Council commits to expanding Care Leavers interview scheme

As part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to support care leavers, the council has agreed to extend its Care Leaver Guaranteed Interview Scheme to anybody who was in care as a child, wherever that was, and whatever their age now. This means people who have been in the care of a Local Authority for a […]

Celebrations for Children In Care

The efforts and achievements of more than 360 Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the return of the Annual Achievement Awards. 367 children and young people were recognised for their efforts through nominations from Somerset County Council foster carers, schools, social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The […]