Somerset Council came into being on April 1 2023. The new unitary council brings together the services previously provided by the four district councils in Somerset (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset) alongside the services provided by Somerset County Council.
The new Council continues to work alongside the existing town and parish councils and their role is enhanced through new Local Community Networks.
Somerset Council combines the strengths of the five authorities and provides a single clear voice for Somerset nationally and internationally. It gives clearer public accountability for services in the county and simpler access to them.
You can find out about meetings of the new Council and committees here
Our Council Plan
On 22 February 2023 the Council Plan, outlining the ambitions of the new council, was formally approved by the outgoing Somerset County Council.
On the same day the first budget for the new authority was approved by the Council.
Our new brand and logo
The new council also has a new brand. The Dragon head logo represents the new beginning for local democracy in Somerset while referencing the historic dragon on the county’s coat of arms. The new brand has been designed to provide the highest possible level of accessibility for all residents.