Category Press releases

Now is the time for One Somerset – one big opportunity to improve public services for all 

Somerset County Council is calling on residents and businesses to get behind its ambitious plans for a new model of local government which offers improved public services for all. Today the government has begun a public consultation into changing the way local councils work in Somerset.  It gives everyone the chance to have their say […]

Team effort to keep food support strong in pandemic

Somerset County Council has paid tribute to the partners who have helped make sure emergency food support has been readily available to anyone in Somerset who needs it throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Set up with the help of Somerset’s Local Authorities at the start of the pandemic, the Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce […]

Volunteer from home and help to shape services across Somerset

Want to volunteer but feel like your options are limited due to lockdown? Somerset County Council’s Digital Customer Volunteers initiative provides an opportunity for volunteers to help the Council provide better services, without having to leave home. Volunteers have played a crucial part in providing support to Somerset’s communities over the past year and helping […]

New Enterprise Centres open in Wells and Wiveliscombe

Two new business-boosting Enterprise Centres have joined the Somerset network with the completion and handover of purpose-built units in Wells and Wiveliscombe thanks to Somerset County Council and partners. The Wiveliscombe centre, located on the old Karro’s Food Group site at Sandy Moor Lane, offers 10 two-person offices and seven small light industrial units suitable […]

£400k boost for vital Citizens Advice services

A group of Somerset charities which provide free, confidential, and impartial advice on everything from money and employment to housing and relationships have been awarded a grant of £400,000 by Somerset County Council. During the coronavirus pandemic, Citizens Advice services in Somerset have stepped up the services offered through their freephone Adviceline, with face-to-face appointments […]

Applications open for support with Easter holiday activities

Somerset County Council has joined up with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. The County Council has already confirmed it will continue to fund Free School […]

More money for frontline services as council sets out spending plans

More money to support elderly and vulnerable people, more money for children in need, and more money to tackle the climate emergency have all been confirmed as Somerset County Council sets out its spending plan for the next financial year. The budget for 2021/22, which received cross-party support today at Full Council, also includes a […]

Somerset COVID-19 vaccination milestone and now open to next priority groups

Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of GPs, nurses, vaccinators, administrators, marshals and volunteers, the Somerset COVID-19 vaccination programme has offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable residents in across Somerset. Across the UK, figures released show that 15 million people have been vaccinated. In Somerset the latest published figures […]

Go fizz free for your health and for your planet

Most of us know that fizzy drinks are bad for our health, but many don’t realise they harm the environment too.   Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to reconsider their choice of drink and take part in Fizz Free February for a healthier future.   SUGAR SMART is bringing together public health messages such as tooth decay and obesity as well as shining a light on the environmental impact […]

Fast-track programme offers rewarding careers in child and family social work for talented graduates

Graduates and career changers to child and family social work will be given hands-on training to become the next generation of social workers. This is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs which is protecting, supporting and creating jobs across the country. Somerset County Council is opening the recruitment round for 58 aspiring social […]