Without change, residents in Dorset can expect to see further significant cuts to services – services like care for the elderly, adult education, libraries, parks and green spaces and transport.
Without change, residents will continue to fund nine sovereign councils and the inefficiencies of this will perpetuate.
Care for the elderly and other vulnerable adults now takes up the lion’s share of local government spending in Dorset. By 2015, only half of Dorset’s population is predicted to be of working age. We need to ensure we can fund the care needs of our growing older population as well as attract the businesses that will create jobs for people locally.
Without two councils working together, there won’t be a strong plan for the area, and there is less likelihood of attracting government money for housing, roads and schools, so that people attracted to our growing economy can put down roots here too.
Without these changes, councils will continue with different priorities, separate policies and ongoing inefficiencies.