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Dorset Council Bosses to Meet Public on Budget Tour


8:22am 27th May 2014
(Updated 8:23am 27th May 2014)

What public services do you value the most and how do you think your council tax should be spent?

In an unprecedented public consultation exercise, those are the questions which Senior Execs at Dorset County Council will be putting to us.

And we get to tell them face to face what we really think as part of a 30 date roadshow, which will travel to supermarkets and town centres across the county.

Residents will also be able to give their views through an online survey and in the summer edition of the council's newspaper, "Your Dorset."

Council Cabinet members and senior officers will attend the roadshows.

Dorset County Council still needs to make £43M worth of savings over the next three years.  Since 2010 its reduced its budget by £60M.  However the council says it will still spend £250 million a year on services ranging from road maintenance and rural transport to libraries, social care and children's centres.

Council Leader Spencer Flower said:

"The County Council has never undertaken such an extensive consultation exercise in this way. By 2017 as part of the national austerity measures, our budget will have to reduce by a third.  That's a huge amount, and we need to make sure the money we do have is used effectively to provide services people need the most."

The first roadshow will kick off on Tuesday 3 June in Swanage, outside the Mowlem Theatre and will visit 18 different towns around the county with 34 events in total.

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