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Consultation on education travel policy

The public is being invited to have its say on proposed changes to the Somerset County Council’s Education Travel Policy. The Council currently spends around £11.5m a year transporting roughly 9,500 pupils to schools across the county. The policy sets out the criteria for when children are eligible for financial assistance for their transport to […]

Consultation open for Heart of the South West Productivity Strategy

Business, organisations and residents are being asked for their views on plans to drive up productivity in Somerset and across the Heart of the South West area. All councils in Somerset and Devon, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, the two National Park Authorities and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups, are working in partnership to […]

Somerset Director of Public Health urges ‘at risk’ residents to get the jab now

Somerset County Council is supporting the Public Health England and NHS joint Stay Well This Winter campaign which launches in Somerset today with the national flu programme now available to all eligible people. The Stay Well This Winter campaign will help the most vulnerable people in Somerset prepare for winter and avoid having to visit […]

Opportunity knocks in West Somerset

Plans and extra funding to help West Somerset’s young people fulfil their potential have been outlined as part of major Government investment confirmed yesterday. West Somerset is one of 12 Opportunity Areas across the country receiving the Government funding to improve social mobility and make sure children get the best start in life, whatever their […]

Care quality on the rise in Somerset

Not a single Somerset care provider is rated inadequate and nearly 90 per cent are good or outstanding, the County Council can reveal today. On the day when the Care Quality Commission (CQC) publishes its annual State of Care report, Somerset can boast a care sector in which 87 per cent of providers are rated […]

Somerset Libraries turn into Fun Palaces for the day

On Saturday 7 October, eight of Somerset’s libraries will transform into “Fun Palaces”, offering a free day of arts, culture and sciences for all to get involved in. The events are part of Fun Palaces 2017, a free nationwide celebration of community. Fun Palaces bring people together to create and have fun through arts and […]

Somerset celebrates Libraries Week

Somerset County Council libraries are celebrating National Libraries Week from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October. Somerset libraries are holding a variety of activities and events during the week, from guitar workshops and craft demonstrations to LEGO clubs, author talks and digital workshops. There will be something to suit all tastes and ages during the […]

Council steps in with back-up school transport

Somerset County Council has stepped in to organise alternative school transport after a local bus company ceased to operate. The Council was notified by Coombs Travel today that it will be ceasing to operate from tomorrow (4 Oct). Coombs Travel runs eight school bus contracts for the authority. With the support of other operators, council […]

Get Online and Try 1 Thing with Somerset Libraries

Somerset County Council libraries are encouraging people to Try 1 Thing during Get Online Week (2-8 October). The week encourages people to take the next step to being more confident and independent online, by asking them to Try 1 Thing. 15 Somerset Libraries across the county are taking part in Get Online Week. Friendly staff […]

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Wellington Youth Centre achieves quality award

Wellington Youth Centre has become the 40th Youth Club in Somerset to achieve Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. The ‘Safe and Welcoming’ benchmark scheme accredits the club’s safe practice and recognises the excellent work undertaken to attract young people to the club and to get involved in activities. The club was required to […]