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Your views on the Dorset Combined Authority proposals

As part of setting up a combined authority in Dorset we asked local people's and businesses' views on the proposals set out in the scheme. The survey closed on 17 June.

Why did we consult?

Last year a consultation was carried out to consider the options available to local authorities to transform and improve the governance arrangements around economic growth and development in Dorset. The options considered were:

  • do nothing
  • an economic prosperity board
  • a joint committee or
  • a combined authority

The 'Delivering Dorset's economic potential' - consultation results (PDF, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) showed that the majority of respondents (67%) were in favour of creating a combined authority. A Dorset Leaders’ Growth Board Governance Review (PDF, 734kb) (opens in a new window) and Dorset Leaders’ Growth Board Review of Economic Evidence (PDF, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)of the area also supported this approach. Since then work has been on-going to progress the establishment of a combined authority for Dorset.

Have your say

As part of this process we asked for local people's and businesses' views on the proposals set out within the scheme and constitution. A summary of the results of the consultation can be accessed here (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

You can still read the full  Dorset Combined Authority scheme (word, 39kb) (opens in a new window) and  Dorset Combined Authority - constitution (word, 48kb) (opens in a new window) or take a look at the key proposals.

Next steps

The Secretary of State must be convinced that creating the new body will improve on the current arrangements relating to effectiveness and efficiency of transport, statutory functions around economic development and regeneration, and improve economic conditions. The results of the consultation along with other documentation will be shared with Government and will be taken into account when deciding whether to lay a draft Order in Parliament. If approved this would establish the combined authority.

Questions?

Contact Steph Lyons at S.Lyons@dorsetcc.gov.uk or on 01305 224 271. 

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