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How Dorset Council will spend its money in 2019/20

Local government in Dorset is going through some big changes. On 1 April 2019 the county’s nine councils will be replaced by two entirely new organisations. This will result in a reduction in costs by cutting duplication. The money saved is being reinvested into important services for residents including housing, road maintenance, schools, social care and waste collection. You can find out more about these changes and what it means for you at Dorset Council

How Dorset Council's budget will be spent

Dorset Council has a total budget of £295m for 2019/20.  Here is a breakdown of how that money will be spent.

How Dorset Council will spend its money
 Where the money will be spentAmount (£m)
Adult social care and older people  103
Children’s social care  53
Street cleaning, waste collection and disposal  26.5
Supporting businesses, creating jobs, and the environment  13
Schools  11
Road maintenance  10.5
Regulatory services
(including housing, building control, trading standards, registration services, bereavement services, environmental health and licensing)
Communities  8.5
Libraries and customer services  6.5
Travel and parking
(including harbours)
Culture, leisure and tourism  5.5
Managing properties and assets  5.5
Other services
(including revenues and benefits, finance, procurement, pensions, human resources, IT, legal and democratic services)

Where Dorset Council's funding will come from

During 2019/20 our funding of £295m will come from the sources listed below.

Where does Dorset Council funding come from?
Where the funding comes fromAmount (£m)
Council Tax
(The money we receive from our residents to pay for the services we provide)
Retained business rates
(The money we receive from businesses such as shops, offices, hotels and factories - to pay for the services we provide)
(A number of smaller specific grants such as the Rural Services Delivery and New Homes Bonus)
Revenue support grant
(We no longer receive any funding from central government in the form of revenue support grant)

Adult social care authorities

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

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