Protect frontline services by creating councils that are the right size to be sustainable and cost-effective to deliver good local services for the long term.
Reduced costs. This plan will give better value for money by cutting out duplication (less councillors and less council staff) and become more efficient.
Savings of over £100 million. With funding to local authorities from central government being reduced significantly in the years to come, the proposed two unitary councils for Dorset would provide savings of over £100 million across the first six years. This would be the best financial solution to compensate for the reduced funding.
Two new unitary councils for Dorset could continue to provide the council services essential for your lifestyle and upkeep of your local area. Each council will be more suited to the needs of local residents and businesses, making your area an even better place to live and work. Two councils instead of nine would remove artificial boundaries and be formed around areas with an established sense of place, saving a lot of money and delivering better value for the public.