Councillors approved Dorset Council’s budget and agreed our priorities for 2020/21 at last night’s Full Council meeting (18 Feb).

They decided to increase council tax by just under 4% to help fund the rising cost of adult social care and children’s services, protecting the most vulnerable people in society. The increase also protects ‘discretionary’ services which are services a council can choose to provide but does not have to, such as country parks, school crossing patrols and weed clearing. Our councillors are keen to avoid any cuts to services for residents.

Here’s a clip of our Leader, Cllr Spencer Flower, after the Full Council meeting:

Last month, we published an article to explain why we were proposing a council tax increase.

Our council plan

At the meeting, councillors also approved the council plan, which sets out our aspirations and priorities for the next four years. Our priorities are:

  • Economic growth
  • Unique environment
  • Staying, safe and well
  • Strong, healthy communities
  • Suitable housing

Our commitment to tackle climate change and reduce our carbon footprint cuts across all of these areas and is very much a priority for Dorset Council. Read more about our work on this issue.

Our overall goal is to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Take a look at our plan.

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