Category Press releases

Coronavirus: Trading Standards advice for hospitality industry this Easter

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is reminding owners of guest houses, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help combat coronavirus. On March 23 the Government ordered hospitality businesses to close and said that people should stay at home and only essential travel is permitted. With very few exceptions all hotels, bed […]

Business grants ready to make a big difference

Councils and business networks across Somerset are working together to help provide financial lifelines for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. And they are urging businesses with healthier cash reserves to let those in greater need apply first for the Government grants that could make a big difference in the current crisis. All Somerset councils […]

Virtual training for potential foster carers

Vital work to recruit new foster carers in Somerset is continuing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic thanks to technology. Somerset County Council’s Fostering service brought together 25 potential foster carers for a two-day preparation course using an online virtual platform that allowed all taking part to interact. The Skills to Foster course is usually run […]

Volunteering in Somerset during Coronavirus outbreak

Would-be volunteers are reminded they can still help communities and those most in need during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic. The five councils in Somerset – Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and Sedgemoor District Council – are working together to coordinate a countywide network of […]

Respect our Rights of Way and keep your distance

Somerset’s public Rights of Way network remains open during the Coronavirus emergency. The County Council is asking everyone to follow the rules on social distancing and use their local routes rather than travelling out into the countryside unnecessarily. We are very fortunate here in Somerset that we have many beautiful places where we can get […]

Council to consider emergency measures via Skype

The special Full Council meeting of Somerset County Council on Friday (March 27) will not go ahead as planned in light of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This meeting was scheduled to consider delegating democratic and decision-making arrangements during the pandemic. Cancelling the meeting will avoid elected members having to meet in person and is […]

Residents warned to be vigilant against COVID-19 scams

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to local residents and businesses to be aware of fraudsters who are trying to exploit fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. The outbreak of coronavirus has seen an increase in scams that include counterfeit medical kits that claim to prevent or cure the disease and […]

Don’t suffer in silence – help is at hand

Support continues to be available for Somerset residents affected by domestic abuse with the County Council working closely with partners to make sure services continue during the current health emergency. It is vital that people stay at home or self-isolate to help tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but that can put strains on relationships. The […]

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill is urging Somerset residents to do their bit to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, following the latest measures imposed by the Government. Last night, every citizen was directed by the Prime Minister to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. Non-essential shops and community spaces will be […]

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Vital work to maintain essential public services in Somerset is continuing during in what is an unprecedented time for our county and the country as a whole. Somerset County Council is now in business continuity mode and is continuing to follow key advice from Government – we will keep you updated on a regular basis. […]