West Dorset Backs Tri-Council Partnership

West Dorset Backs Tri-Council Partnership

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:47am 24th October 2014. (Updated at 10:01am 24th October 2014)

West Dorset district councillors have agreed to join forces with North Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council as part of a groundbreaking tri-council partnership.

A ground-breaking tri-council partnership could be on its way to Dorset after the proposal received unanimous support from West Dorset District Council.

A full council meeting yesterday gave cross-party backing to the plans that would see all workforces in West Dorset District Council, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and North Dorset District Council merged.

Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "We have already seen a successful partnership created between the district council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, with this shared services partnership saving £9million since the business case was drawn-up in 2010.

"Councillors at both North Dorset and Weymouth & Portland still need to agree to the plan before it can be formalised."

The partnership could save the three councils £6million by 2020 by having single work force for all three authorities.

Each council would still remain independent, with its own councillors making decisions about local services.  Each council would also continue to set its own budget, council tax and maintain its separate identity and sovereignty.

The full council meeting at North Dorset District Council will happen on October 31st and at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council on November 6th.

The plan for the tri-authority partnership has been drawn-up against the back drop of a very tough financial climate, with Government funding to all three councils being reduced by more than 50 per cent in the five years up to 2015/16 and more reductions likely.