Reshaping your councils - unitary proposals for Dorset
Dorset's councils have employed three experienced external organisations to prepare documents for consideration - in public - by each council on the biggest possible changes to local government in the county for a generation.
What happens next
On 8 December councillors had the opportunity to attend detailed in-person briefings from report authors PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Opinion Research Solutions and Local Partnerships.
Council leaders met on 15 December (opens in a new window) to look at the evidence presented within the documents, and discuss recommendations to put to their respective councils. On 23 December, a public report (pdf, 801kb) (opens in a new window) was published for consideration by each council as part of the democratic process to formally adopt a position.
Each council will take the report through its usual democratic process via meetings in January. These will be followed by Full Council meetings. All these meetings will be open to the public to attend and, in line with each council's constitution, ask questions. It is not until these have all taken place that a decision will have been made on which, if any, proposal the Dorset councils will submit to the Secretary of State for consideration.