There are currently nine local authorities providing council services in Dorset:
Dorset County Council provides some council services for residents across the whole of the rest of the county, including education, highways, libraries and social services.
Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council provide other council services for residents in their area, including parks, revenues and benefits, housing, leisure and planning.
|Council||Number of residents||Number of councillors|
|Bournemouth Borough Council||194,500||54|
|Christchurch Borough Council||49,100||24|
|Dorset County Council (delivers services across Dorset, excluding Bournemouth and Poole)||420,600||45|
|East Dorset District Council||88,700||29|
|North Dorset District Council||70,700||33|
|Borough of Poole||150,600||42|
|Purbeck District Council||46,200||25|
|West Dorset District Council||100,700||42|
|Weymouth & Portland Borough Council||65,200||36|
In Dorset, each of the nine councils has a political Leader, but there are six Chief Executives:
- Christchurch and East Dorset District Council are two separate councils politically, but have already made efficiency savings by having a single workforce, including one Chief Executive.
- North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are three separate councils politically, but have already made efficiency savings by having a single workforce, including one Chief Executive.
In addition, all Dorset’s councils have worked hard to save money and become more efficient since austerity measures began.
While these arrangements have served Dorset well, Dorset’s councils now think it is time to look at a different, more cost-effective approach for the future. Read about why we need to change, and the proposals for change.