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Key decision to award contract for Yeovil Western Corridor upgrade

A multi-million pound roads contract for Yeovil that could provide economic benefits of more than £100m was formally approved today. The Western Corridor scheme is a package of improvements to increase the capacity of several key junctions and upgrade facilities for pedestrians and cyclists along the western side of the town. It will also support […]

There’s Still Time To Thank Somerset’s Volunteers

There’s still time to thank Somerset’s unsung heroes by nominating them for a Somerset Star Volunteer Award. Nominations are open from now until Friday 21 April 2017 and anyone can put forward individuals and volunteer groups who go that extra mile in their communities. Somerset County Council is proud once again to work with Somerset […]

Changes to Contact Centre opening hours

From Saturday 1 April Somerset County Council’s Customer Contact Centre (Somerset Direct) will no longer operate a non-emergency telephone service on a Saturday. With more people taking advantage of the authority’s online facilities, which are available all day every day, calls on Saturdays have fallen to account for just one per cent of all contact. […]

Innovative approach on the cards to boost voter registration

Councils across Somerset are targeting properties with no registered voters in a bid to boost turn out for County Council elections on 4 May. In an innovative initiative, mock poll cards are being sent to almost 30,000 properties reminding the occupiers that they are not yet registered to vote. The cards, which are being distributed […]

Have your say on plans to upgrade the A358

Somerset residents are being urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton. Highways England announced today launched a public consultation on proposals to improve the route from the Southfields Roundabout to the M5 at Taunton. A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “The A358 is one of our […]

Notice given for County Council elections

Formal notice has now been given for elections to Somerset County Council that will take place on Thursday, 4 May. There are 55 seats available across the county when residents go to the polls, each a chance to make a real difference to local communities and get involved in the huge range of services provided […]

Cabinet agrees to continue transfer to new social enterprise

Key Somerset County Councillors today agreed to continue with the transfer of its in-house learning disabilities service to a new social enterprise next month. A meeting of the council’s Cabinet considered but rejected a request from a Scrutiny committee earlier in the month to delay the transfer and review the original decision to move to […]

Cabinet to consider compensation boost

A boost to compensation for staff transferring from Somerset County Council to a charity supporting vulnerable people will be discussed at a key meeting next week. Around 1,200 members of staff in the learning disabilities service are on track to transfer to a new social enterprise charity created in partnership with Dimensions in April. Dimensions […]

Make sleep safer for babies

Somerset parents and carers are being asked to take steps to keep their babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is part of ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust (13-19th March 2017) which aims to ensure parents and carers know the importance of safer sleep and know how […]

Council Leader welcomes social care funding and Green Paper pledge

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s announcement of extra money for social care and a commitment to address its long-term funding. In his budget, the Chancellor announced an extra of £2bn for local authorities over three years for social care, with £1bn available in the next financial year. Philip Hammond also revealed […]