Category Press releases

UNISON initiative to support ‘heroic’ care workers gains support of Somerset County Council

Council leaders in Somerset have today, Friday, become the first council in the South West to sign up to UNISON’s ‘Stop the Spread’ pledge, a key initiative by the UK’s biggest trade union to support care workers in the fight against coronavirus. The pledge introduces a series of measures designed to protect care workers and […]

New report states the case for unitary councils

Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill today welcomed a new report making the case for unitary authorities based on county council boundaries. The report, Making Counties Count, is co-authored by Nick King, who was Chief of Staff to former Government Secretary of State Sajid Javid. He argues that county authorities are best placed to […]

Keep yourself and Somerset healthy

With a hot weekend predicted, Somerset residents and visitors are being urged to follow the guidance to keep themselves, their family and friends and the county safe from coronavirus. Temperatures are predicted to peak on Saturday and Sunday – and into early next week – reaching the low 30s. And that could risk people forgetting […]

Take extra care in hot weather

With hot weather forecast this weekend Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours – and follow COVID-19  (coronavirus) advice. Wearing face coverings and PPE in hot conditions can be uncomfortable but is no less important and must still be worn correctly.  Drink plenty […]

Multi-million pound boost to key Somerset projects

Key Somerset projects are a step closer after a government multi-million investment boost. A Digital Innovation Centre for Taunton, improved access to Firepool and Taunton railway station along with Bruton Enterprise Centre and iAero in Yeovil have all been selected to go through to the next stage to gain funding from a £900m government pot. […]

Chard’s pedestrianisation of Holyrood Street to be removed this week

Emergency measures to support the reopening of high streets in Somerset were rolled out across the county in June to free up space in high streets as retail businesses reopened and shoppers returned. Holyrood Street, Chard was pedestrianised to support reopening of non-essential retail businesses. After reviewing footfall and listening to feedback from both shoppers […]

Local Authorities key in driving forward growth

A new national report published this week highlights the importance Local Authorities play in driving forward growth post COVID-19 – and features Somerset as a key success story. The ‘Place-Based Recovery’ report, published by The County Council’s Network (CCN), highlights the importance local authorities have in driving forward investment, influence and action whilst supporting economic […]

Board backs Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan

Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan, setting out how the County Council and partners, will prevent and react to local coronavirus outbreaks, has been formally endorsed. Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board held its first meeting on Friday 31 July when members considered and backed the plan and its approach. The Board heard that Somerset cases continue […]

Silver Award recognises SCC’s commitment to Armed Forces

Somerset County Council is delighted to receive the Silver Award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS) set up by Ministry of Defence. The recognition is for the Council’s support for the Armed Forces community. The Award demonstrates the Council is a Forces Friendly employer, helping to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant – […]

Silly ideas to keep the whole family entertained this summer

Families across Somerset can enjoy a vibrant programme of free live online events this summer, as part of the Library Service’s ‘Silly Squad’ 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The events, run by Somerset County Council, will be involving quality authors and performers, all keen to keep children entertained. Delivered in collaboration with ASCEL (Association of Senior […]