Option 2b: Medium Conurbation and Medium Dorset

Medium Conurbation (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, plus the services currently provided by Dorset County Council in this area) covering 52% of Dorset’s population (based on projections for 2019)

and Medium Dorset (East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, plus the services currently provided by Dorset County Council in this area) covering 48% of Dorset’s population (based on projections for 2019)

Key features:

  • This option would provide a total contribution of £46.7 million towards meeting the funding gap in 2024/25, providing £45.3 million for the Medium Conurbation’s annual budget and £1.4 million for the Medium Dorset annual budget.
  • Of the various two-unitary options this is the option that is most financially beneficial.
  • Most of Dorset’s urban and suburban areas are served by one council, with the largely rural area served by another council.
  • This option potentially provides the most effective and efficient way to deliver services for the future.
  • This option has the most balanced population split of the three options.
  • A medium-sized urban unitary council would have a profile nationally.
  • There is a one-off complexity and cost involved in separating and transferring services currently provided by Dorset County Council in Christchurch to the Medium Conurbation.

The predicted levels of council tax increase across Dorset in 2019/20 under option 2b

Council tax harmonisation – Medium Conurbation

  • Bournemouth: 3.85%
  • Christchurch + Dorset County Council: 3.78%
  • Poole: 3.99%

Council tax harmonisation – Medium Dorset

  • East Dorset + Dorset County Council: 3.69%
  • North Dorset + Dorset County Council: 3.99%
  • Purbeck + Dorset County Council: 3.78%
  • West Dorset + Dorset County Council: 3.93%
  • Weymouth & Portland + Dorset County Council: 3.91%
  1. Does not include council tax that households pay to Dorset Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority or any precept set by town and parish councils.
  2. It is anticipated that harmonisation would take place over 20 years, starting in 2019/20.
  3. Council tax rises limited to 3.99%.