Category Press releases

Consultation opens into new single Somerset Council budget. New Council targets support for key services and vulnerable residents

The proposed budget for the new unitary Somerset Council is published today. The proposals, set to be discussed by the Council’s Executive on Wednesday 18 January, will be the first time the services and costs from all four District Councils and the County Council have been brought together. Consultation into the proposed budget runs until […]

Small business should be at the heart of energy support, says Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council has called for any review of energy price support for businesses to focus on support for small businesses and the adoption of green and renewable energy. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, signed by Councillor Val Keitch, Executive Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity, and Councillor Sarah […]

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What is Dry January, and what are the benefits?

January is often a time when people are looking to introduce healthy habits and make positive lifestyle changes.

After the Christmas period of enjoying a drink or two, ‘Dry January’, now in its tenth year, sees thousands across the country give up alcohol for a month after the festive season.

Work underway to review office and customer access buildings for new Somerset Council

With fewer than 100 days to go until the launch of the new unitary Somerset Council on 1 April 2023, work is underway to understand where offices and customer service delivery points might be situated. Somerset Council is committed to putting the customer at the heart of its services and will have customer hubs all […]

No Place Like Home – helping patients in Somerset leave hospital as soon as they’re well enough

Health and care organisations in Somerset are working together to raise awareness of the benefits of patients recovering at home as soon as they are well enough to leave hospital. ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ promotes the benefits of recovering at home to patients and their families. Being in hospital during a period of serious […]

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Stay well and protect your loved ones this Christmas 

Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health is urging people to take action to prevent the spread of infections within our families and communities, especially as we meet up for Christmas.

Look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas

Somerset County Council is urging the public and employers to look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas. Whilst most people look forward to spending time with their loved ones at Christmas, for people experiencing domestic abuse the thought of being alone with their abuser can be a frightening time. Councillor Adam Dance, […]

Make sure you’re safe and sober on the road this Christmas

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is sending out a crucial reminder to motorists – keep safe on Somerset’s roads this year. Drivers mustn’t drive home after drinking alcohol. Your ability to drive safely can be affected after just one drink, and the effects of alcohol can also be felt the morning after a night […]

Somerset County Council gets to work on play at packed Bridgwater conference

A conference exploring the way different environments can help children play has been hosted in Bridgwater, bringing together teachers, childminders, and education professionals specialising in children’s early years. Hosted by Somerset County Council’s Early Years team, the ‘Environments – Make a Difference’ conference took place at Canalside Conference Centre and attracted 140 professionals from across […]

Somerset family donates Christmas gifts to young people leaving care 

Inspired by the John Lewis Christmas campaign, a Somerset family has filled and donated festive gift bags for local teenagers in care.   Eddie, a year nine pupil at King’s College, Taunton, wanted to support young people in care after watching this year’s popular John Lewis Christmas advert, which highlights the increasing number of Children Looked […]