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Dorset Combined Authority proposals and consultation

A combined authority would mean councils working as one democratically-accountable body around the areas of economic development, regeneration and transport. We're asking members of the public, local businesses and interest groups to have their say on proposals for a combined authority in Dorset.

On these pages you can find out about the scheme for a Dorset Combined Authority and see a summary of the results of the consultation. (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

What is a combined authority and what benefits would it bring?

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Dorset's councils already work closely together. A combined authority would mean one body acting in the best interests of Dorset on transport, economic development and regeneration.

Everything you need to know about the Dorset Combined Authority

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The scheme and constitution set out how the Dorset Combined Authority would operate. Please take a look before using our online survey to tell us what you think of the proposals.

Your views on the Dorset Combined Authority proposals

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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.

Frequently-asked questions about a Dorset Combined Authority

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Answers to the questions we've been asked about combined authorities - we're updating the list as the consultation progresses.

Background to setting up a Combined Authority in Dorset - how have we got here?

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In 2014 the leaders of Dorset's nine local authorities set up a Leaders' Growth Board as a way to drive greater partnership working on economic growth and prosperity.

How will a combined authority fit with discussions on unitary and devolution?

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A Dorset Combined Authority would demonstrate our partnership approach and be a strong basis for us to request more responsibilities and powers from Government.
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