Tag Archives: Somerset County Council

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes are unveiled today as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal.  The Somerset Medal has been launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners announced as the county celebrates Somerset Day.  They include vaccination volunteers, food deliverers, PPE producers, pop-up shop keepers and a whole host of other good Samaritans who […]

Open a new chapter in a child’s story

More than 500 children in Somerset need foster homes – and carers who could help change their life stories. As Foster Care Fortnight gets under way (10-23 May), Somerset County Council is appealing for more people to come forward and share their homes and lives with children who desperately need a new beginning. Theo’s Story, […]

Deadline nears for Somerset Medal nominations

The clock is ticking on nominations for the Somerset Medal – the award launched by Somerset County Council to honour the county’s unsung coronavirus heroes. The Council wants to pay tribute to those who made superhuman efforts to keep Somerset going during the pandemic – from the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. […]

£8.6 million of additional support for Somerset care providers

Care providers in Somerset will be supported with an additional £8.6 million package to help them mitigate against the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The additional funds from Somerset County Council agreed for 2021/22 will allow providers to continue investing in staff and delivering quality care, reflecting National Minimum Wage increases. The coronavirus pandemic […]

Somerset Medal to honour county’s unsung heroes

From vaccinators to van drivers, health staff to home-schoolers, countless people have kept Somerset going over the last 12 months – and now Somerset County Council is honouring them with a new accolade. Today (23 March) marks one year since the first lockdown was introduced – and now it also marks the launch of the […]

Director of Public Health encourages all households with school age children to regularly COVID-19 test

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, urges all Somerset families and households with children to start to take a free Covid-test twice every week. Each person in a Somerset household with primary, secondary and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are encouraged to test themselves at home twice every […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]