Local government in Dorset is going through some big changes. On 1 April 2019 the county’s nine councils were 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. Find out more about these changes and what they mean for you.

Dorset Council has a total budget of £304m for 2020/21. Here is a breakdown of how that money will be spent.

How Dorset Council will spend its money
 Where the money will be spent Amount (£m)
Adult social care and older people  120
Children’s social care  52.2
Street cleaning, waste collection and disposal  30.2
Travel   13
Education and learning   13
Commissioning and Partnerships  8.8
Customer service, libraries and archives   7
Environment and Wellbeing  5.6
Highways and Parking  4.5
Communities and Public Health  4
Planning  3.1
Properties   3.1
Housing 3
Supporting businesses and creating jobs 0.9
Other services 35.6

Where Dorset Council's funding will come from

During 2020/21 our funding of £304m will come from the sources listed below.

Where does Dorset Council funding come from?
Where the funding comes from Amount (£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 It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20.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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