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Putting the care into your career

Potential new recruits can find out more about the opportunities for careers in care at a Proud to Care jobs fair this week. Taking place at Yeovil College between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, 29 November the Somerset County Council-backed event will be staffed by representatives from up to 20 care providers. They can tell […]

Somerset buzzing about pollinator action plan

Somerset County Council is taking a lead role in work to help protect the county’s pollinating insect population. In partnership with Friends of the Earth and Somerset Wildlife Trust, the authority has published a county-wide strategy to help bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects survive and thrive. It joins the growing list of counties […]

Bike Smart for Road Safety Week

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is supporting Brake’s road safety week by urging everyone to bike smart.  Road Safety Week, 19 to 25 November, is an annual event organised by Brake, the road safety charity. This year’s theme ‘bike SMART’ aims to raise awareness of the risks cyclists and motorcyclists face when on the […]

Drop in road deaths and lowest number of collisions on record

The number of deaths on Somerset’s roads fell by 12 per cent last year, the lowest level in five years and bucking the regional trend. Department for Transport (DfT) figures recorded 22 deaths on the county’s roads whereas nationally there was no change, and in the South West region a 15 per cent increase over […]

New £4.7 million superfast broadband investment in Devon and Somerset

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) and BT are pleased to announce a new collaboration, working together to examine opportunities for Openreach to provide superfast broadband to even more homes and businesses in rural areas. The initiative will be targeted at helping areas not included within current publicly-subsidised or commercially-funded broadband roll-out plans. This extension of […]

Allied Healthcare statement

Following today’s announcement by Allied Healthcare, Somerset County Council can confirm it has arrangements in place to make sure support continues uninterrupted. Allied provides support for around 500 residents in 16 Extra Care Housing schemes across West Somerset, Mendip and South Somerset. In light of concerns about its long-term viability, the Council has had contingency […]

Get a simple finger-prick test for #HIVTestWeek

Somerset County Council are encouraging anyone who may have put themselves at risk of getting the HIV virus to have a simple finger-prick test. The ‘Give HIV the finger’ campaign is targeting people who are the most at-risk of HIV – men who have sex with men and black African men and women – as […]

Drop-in sessions for getset Service consultation

Drop-in sessions seeking views on proposals to change the some of the support available to children and families in Somerset are underway. Somerset County Council is consulting on a potential change to the support offered by its getset Service. The sessions are a chance to discuss the proposals and give feedback. The team has visited […]

County Hall goes red for Remembrance Day

County Hall in Taunton will be going poppy-red for the next three days as Somerset County Council gives its support to Remembrance Day commemorations. The Lest We Forget Flag has been flying at County Council HQ all week and the building will be lit red on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. On Sunday, Remembrance Day […]

Make sure your children are sitting pretty… safely!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team are urging parents and carers to ensure their children travel in correctly sized and fitted car seats.  A recent survey carried out by the consumer magazine Which? and Good Egg Safety, a leading UK in-car child safety initiative, found that almost 90% of retailers weren’t asking consumers the key […]