Category Press releases

Deadline nears for Somerset Medal nominations

The clock is ticking on nominations for the Somerset Medal – the award launched by Somerset County Council to honour the county’s unsung coronavirus heroes. The Council wants to pay tribute to those who made superhuman efforts to keep Somerset going during the pandemic – from the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. […]

Somerset primary school admission figures announced

More than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show. Overall, 98.5 per cent of the 5,365 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 94.58 per cent received […]

The future of local government in Somerset: Last chance to have your say

It’s the last week for people to have their say on the future of local government in Somerset as the Government’s consultation draws to a close.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MGCLG) is asking for views on proposals to replace Somerset’s five existing councils with a new unitary system.  The consultation formally closes on 19 April after an eight-week period and […]

Motorcyclists urged to keep their ‘shiny side up’

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team has launched a new campaign to help reduce high casualty rates involving motorcycles in the county. Called ‘Shiny Side Up’ – the name of the campaign comes from a popular motorcyclist saying – keep your shiny side up – implying that the rubber should stay firmly on the road! […]

£8.6 million of additional support for Somerset care providers

Care providers in Somerset will be supported with an additional £8.6 million package to help them mitigate against the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The additional funds from Somerset County Council agreed for 2021/22 will allow providers to continue investing in staff and delivering quality care, reflecting National Minimum Wage increases. The coronavirus pandemic […]

Somerset libraries getting ready to open

Somerset Libraries are getting ready to welcome customers back into library buildings again from 12 April when further restrictions are expected to lift. Shelves will be crammed with an array of brand-new book with something for everyone. Library members can borrow up to 20 books at a time, all for free! Covid secure measures will […]

Council staff book 30,000 Coronavirus vaccines for Somerset residents

More than 30,000 local people have been contacted and invited for a Covid-19 vaccination by staff from Somerset’s five councils. Since the opening of vaccination centres in the county, staff from Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council have been working together contacting […]

Somerset Medal to honour county’s unsung heroes

From vaccinators to van drivers, health staff to home-schoolers, countless people have kept Somerset going over the last 12 months – and now Somerset County Council is honouring them with a new accolade. Today (23 March) marks one year since the first lockdown was introduced – and now it also marks the launch of the […]

More groups urged to get Covid-19 tested

Free Coronavirus community testing is now available for even more groups of Somerset residents to help break chains of transmission and keep communities safe. Around one in three people with Coronavirus do not have symptoms. Community testing, using lateral flow devices, is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms, […]

SEND improvements benefit children and families

Improvements in the way SEND services are delivered across Somerset are already bringing benefits to children, young people and families, Somerset’s latest Health and Wellbeing Board heard. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset County Council are working closely together and investing heavily in their shared commitment to improve the lives of children and young people […]