Category Press releases

Councillors scrutinise impacts of a two-unitary system on adult and children’s services

A special Scrutiny meeting was held today to discuss the potential impact of a two-unitary system of local government on adult social care and children’s services. The Government is currently consulting with the public on proposals to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with a new unitary system. Today, a special Joint Scrutiny for Adults, Health, […]

Making sure Somerset’s young carers don’t miss out

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more young people in Somerset have found themselves in a position where they need to provide care for a loved one. Today (Tuesday, March 16) is Young Carers Actions Day, and Somerset County Council is taking the opportunity to thank the county’s young carers for their amazing work and highlight […]

Somerset’s Open Mental Health alliance shortlisted for prestigious national award

The alliance – called Open Mental Health – has made the final of the widely acclaimed Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value awards in the category of ‘public and preventative health service redesign initiative’…

Minehead Library – a new carbon efficient chapter

Plans are under way to refurbish Minehead Library, which will see the ageing building transformed into a modern flexible space for all the community. As part of the modernisation, a series of energy saving measures will be implemented to optimise the energy consumption of the building, supporting the Council’s on-going commitment to the Climate Emergency […]

Progress update on CDS full fibre network rollout

Preparations are well under way for the roll-out of the full fibre network through the recently awarded contracts from the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Around 56,000 homes and businesses will be provided with access to Gigabit capable broadband by internet providers Airband, Truespeed and Wessex Internet. While most of the construction is expected […]

County Council invests £70m in improving lives in Somerset

Somerset County Council is investing more than £70 million over the next three years in projects that will help improve residents’ everyday lives. The capital programme budget, approved by Full Council, brings spending on both large and smaller schemes, to £213m when investments announced for the current financial year are taken into account. The boost […]

Take on a rewarding role as a volunteer minibus driver

Somerset County Council is looking for volunteer minibus drivers to transport young people and children to activity sessions at Kilve during school holidays. Volunteer minibus drivers play a key role at outdoor centres by dropping off children at activities, such as off-site caving, sailing and climbing. Volunteers need to be friendly people with a D1 […]

Councillors scrutinise Somerset unitary proposals

Proposals to replace Somerset’s existing five councils with a new system of local government were scrutinised at a public meeting yesterday (Wednesday 10 March). The Government is considering changing the way local councils work in Somerset and a public consultation is now open. Members sitting on Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee […]

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Young people alerted to fake job scams

Trading Standards is warning young people to be wary of fake job adverts on social media that at first glance might appear to be the answer to their financial woes. The pandemic has hit the pockets of many financially, but none more so than young people many of which are students who rely on jobs […]

New representatives wanted for County Council

Members of the public are being invited to apply for roles on a committee which helps to shape the way Somerset County Council operates. There are currently vacancies for three co-opted members on the Council’s Constitution and Standards Committee, which helps to set standards of conduct for elected councillors, as well as helping the Council […]