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Councils Want Your Comments On How Services Are Run

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8:58am 14th February 2014

West Dorset District and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's say they want your views on how services are run.

An ambitious 3 year programme, looking at ways to save money on the budget, has been agreed by leaders.

Local residents, businesses and other key groups will soon be asked for feedback under the Council's new vision called, "2020 vision - your future council".

Both local authorities are set to lose over 50% of their government grant by 2016.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould said both authorities are working hard find solutions to bridge the funding gap;

 "Our two authorities are taking a proactive approach and tackling this in a managed way. The service reviews will help ensure the councils are able to provide appropriate and affordable services which best meet the future needs of local residents and businesses."

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement Briefholder Mike Goodman said:

"We will be conducting in-depth reviews of all services - both statutory (those we have to provide by law) and discretionary (those we choose to provide)."

"There will be difficult decisions - some services will stop, others will have to be delivered in significantly different ways. The views of the public and other important groups will be critical to getting this right."

The first reviews will begin in April 2014 with decisions on any changes to services made by each council in the usual way. They will include extensive public consultation.

To see the agreed programme of reviews go to www.dorsetforyou.com/2020vision. If you would like to give your views on future services and be kept informed as the reviews progress register for regular email updates direct from your council at www.dorsetforyou.com/e-news

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have already saved around £3million a year through their ground-breaking shared services partnership. It sees one workforce delivering services for both authorities.

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