Reshaping your councils, a better future for your community

As you may be aware, the nine principal councils in Dorset are collectively undertaking a public consultation about local government reorganisation.  Compared to the government funding received in 2010/2011, the nine councils in Dorset now receive £142 million less each year towards running local services, with more cuts expected in the future, so we need to make further savings. Our response to this is to re-think the way we are structured in the future, as a way of reducing costs and so protecting services from even greater cuts beyond 2019. We want to be able to better access Government funding and promote our areas for inward investment, growing the economy and improving the quality of life for residents. To this end, we are considering reducing the number of Dorset local authorities from nine to two. We are very keen to hear from Dorset’s residents, local businesses, town and parish councils, public sector and voluntary, community and other organisations.  We are encouraging residents and stakeholders to complete the consultation questionnaire, which is available along with further information, at www.reshapingyourcouncils.uk. Paper copies are also available in local...