Small Conurbation (Bournemouth and Poole) covering 46% of Dorset’s population (based on projections for 2019)
and Large Dorset (Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, plus the services currently provided by Dorset County Council in this area) covering 54% of Dorset’s population (based on projections for 2019)
- This option would provide a total contribution of £32.8 million towards meeting the funding gap in 2024/25, providing £18.7 million for the Small Conurbation’s annual budget and £14.1 million for the Large Dorset annual budget.
- It makes the least savings overall, of the three two-unitary council options.
- The savings made are most evenly split across the two unitary councils.
- The services currently provided by Dorset County Council remain with the Large Dorset unitary council — there is no separation work required , but services provided by the district and borough councils would need to be integrated into the new unitary council.
The predicted levels of council tax increase across Dorset in 2019/20 under option 2c
Council tax harmonisation – Small Conurbation
- Bournemouth 3.85%
- Poole 3.99%
Council tax harmonisation – Large Dorset
- Christchurch + Dorset County Council: 3.99%
- East Dorset + Dorset County Council: 3.41%
- North Dorset + Dorset County Council: 3.72%
- Purbeck + Dorset County Council: 3.51%
- West Dorset + Dorset County Council: 3.65%
- Weymouth & Portland + Dorset County Council: 3.64%
- 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.
- It is anticipated that harmonisation would take place over 20 years, starting in 2019/20.
Council tax rises limited to 3.99%.