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Consultation on council tax support scheme launched

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A consultation on council tax support for the new unitary Somerset Council is now open.

This is the first major policy consultation for the new council and it proposes that the lowest income households across Somerset get 100% council tax relief.

Somerset’s four district councils currently offer varying levels of council tax support.

Maximum relief is set at 80% to 85% in most parts of the county, only in South Somerset is 100% relief available.

The proposed changes would harmonise support for working-age people on low incomes across the county and come into effect on 1 April 2023, with the creation of the new Council.

Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council, said:

“Our new unitary council is a chance to make Somerset fairer for everyone. These proposals would get more help to the people who need it most, no matter where they live in the County.

“As many as 35,000 households in Somerset benefit from a reduction in their council tax, so a single, simplified support scheme can be cheaper to run as well as fairer.

“Our proposals are flexible too, so that people won’t be unfairly penalised if their income fluctuates from month to month. I would welcome views from residents and groups working in our communities.”

The consultation runs until 19 September and proposes a simplified approach that will be easier to administer.

Under the proposals, a single person with an income below £95 per week, or a couple with two children on a weekly income below £260, would be entitled to the full 100% council tax relief. However, some families with an income below £500 a week could be eligible for some support.

To have your say, visit New Somerset Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2023/24 Consultation webpage.

Road Closure, Culver Street, Burton 18th March 2022

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: – ttro233496 – Culver Street, Burton, Stogursey

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Culver StreetStogursey will commence on 18th March 2022 and is expected to last until 22nd March 2022.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4600, quoting reference: ttro233496 – Culver Street, Stogursey.

A map showing the proposed affected closure area (in red) is shown below, and the proposed diversion route (in blue, please note this could be be subject to change on review).

Living with Covid – Key dates for changes

From Monday 21 February:

  • guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing is dropped

From Thursday 24 February:

  • people who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate, but will still be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days
  • routine contact tracing will end, so fully-vaccinated close contacts and those under 18 years old will no longer be legally required to test daily for seven days or advised to self-isolate
  • workers will no longer be required to tell their employer if they need to self-isolate
  • the £500 self-isolation support payment for people on low incomes who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be available
  • COVID-19 provisions for increased statutory sick pay will apply for a further month

From Friday 1 April:

  • free mass symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for the general public will end, and will instead be targeted towards the most vulnerable
  • people with COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to exercise personal responsibility when deciding whether to stay at home – until then they are still advised to do so
  • current government guidance on COVID-19 passports will end and it will no longer recommend venues use the NHS COVID Pass

This plan is for England only. Restrictions remain in place in other parts of the UK.

Urgent / Emergency Road Closure: Stogursey Lane, Nether Stowey

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Stogursey LaneNether Stowey will commence on 21st February 2022 and is expected to last until 22nd February 2022.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Sunbelt Rentals on 0370 050 0792 quoting reference: ttro347419.

A map showing the proposed affected closure area (in red) is shown below, and the proposed diversion route (in blue, please note this could be be subject to change on review).

Call for voters to register in time for elections this May

Voters in Somerset West and Taunton are being reminded to make sure they are registered to vote and able to take part in local elections for the new unitary council for Somerset, and town and parish councils, on Thursday 5 May.

It’s quick and easy to register to vote, but after the deadline of 14 April, it will be too late.

The call for voters to sign up comes to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across Somerset.

Research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are particularly less likely to be registered to vote. So, if you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly.

If you’re not registered, you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Somerset.

These crucial elections are for the councillors at county level who will oversee the transition to a new unitary council, which they will then lead to deliver all the promises and ambitions of the unitary business case.

The town and parish councillors elected have a vital role too, ushering in a new era of community empowerment. They will be pioneers, drawing on an array of new opportunities, driving real change locally.

To register to vote, visit register-to-vote before midnight on Thursday, 14 April or contact elections@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk