Category Press releases

Somerset – make sure you get your winter vaccinations

With winter upon us, Somerset residents are being reminded to protect their health and the health of people around them by getting their flu and Covid-19 vaccinations.   Covid and flu vaccinations are safe and effective ways to prevent serious illness.  If you’re 50 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, pregnant, have a […]

Somerset joins network to offer better support to county’s most vulnerable residents 

Somerset will be able to offer better support to its residents after joining forces with a national network that offers expertise in providing effective help to people to access our services.  Somerset is one of 10 new areas approved to join the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) network, joining the existing 32 locations already taking […]

Cash incentives for landlords who help house Ukrainian refugees

An appeal for private landlords to come forward with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, properties for rent, has been launched. Generous Somerset sponsors have been hosting refugee families under the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. Accommodation is now needed as part of a planned pathway across all Councils for moving guests out of sponsor accommodation and into […]

Somerset residents benefit from free training to help boost earnings

Adults in Somerset have already gained new skills and jobs in tech and digital sectors after benefiting from free government-funded Skills Bootcamps. Skills Bootcamps, managed by Somerset and Dorset County Councils, are courses ranging from 3 to 16 weeks, developed alongside industry partners to offer skills in in-demand sectors, such as welding, programming, data analytics, […]

School time capsule marks an eco-build first for Somerset climate strategy

Pupils from St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury have marked a significant step in eco- building by burying a time capsule on the site of their new Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) base, the first of its kind in Somerset. The new ASC school building on the site of St Dunstan’s School is the first educational building […]

Somerset powering forward as world leaders call for more renewable energy

Community solar projects and a green energy plan for Somerset are among the local actions taking place in response to the global climate emergency. World leaders attending the COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt this week are calling for a more urgent drive on delivering greater amounts of renewable energy. Here in Somerset, this call is […]

Lowest income households to pay no Council Tax under new Somerset Council scheme. Fifty percent discount for foster carers.

A new, unified Council Tax Reduction Scheme targeting help at people on low incomes, care leavers, and foster carers has been agreed for Somerset from 1 April 2023 when the new Somerset Council comes into being. The Scheme was approved by Somerset County Council on November 23. The scheme will be simpler and fairer and […]

Award recognition for Somerset’s Leaving Care Team

Somerset County Council’s Leaving Care Team has been named as runner up for a prestigious national award. The team were named runners up in the ‘Team of the Year’ category at the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF) Awards, held at The Studio in Birmingham. SCC’s Leaving Care Team, who were praised in the Council’s […]

“Don’t forget the most vulnerable in budget” Council Leaders’ plea to Chancellor

Council leaders in Somerset have highlighted the need to support care services in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement next week.  Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Jeremy Hunt was the minister who brought social care into the same department as health, so he more than anyone understands that the country can’t have a properly functioning NHS […]

Taunton Shadow Town Council Chair elected

Members of the Taunton Shadow Town Council have appointed Councillor Tom Deakin as Chair with Councillor Brian Larcombe as Vice Chair. The first meeting of the shadow council which has been set up to lead and oversee work to establish the new Taunton Town Council, also resolved to adopt Terms of Reference and Procedure Rules […]