Find out what consultation is happening amongst councils across Dorset, use research information and results from previous surveys and consultation, and find out how to take part- your views can make a difference.
Dorset Consultation Tracker lets you view and search for all the consultations that are planned, current or completed in the Dorset area. The database also holds research information on Dorset, including demographic and economic data.
Have your say
The Dorset Consultation Tracker lets you view and search for consultations that are planned, current or completed in the Dorset area. This week's featured entry is a survey for Dads across the county.
Why local authorities consult
Explanation about why local authorities consult, including strategy duties, government agendas and scrutiny in consultation.
How Dorset councils consult with local people
Dorset district councils and the county council consult with service users, residents, businesses and visitors every day through many different channels. Some consultations are very specific about services and statutory duties, and other consultations ask more about satisfaction or public opinion on key issues. Either way, it is important that consultation undertaken by local authorities is efficient, joined up, timely and transparent.
Budget Consultation in Dorset
All councils consult with local people on their budget. This might be done by asking residents about their spending priorities; by asking about council tax levels; or by participatory budgeting where local people help councils spend actual pots of public money.
Dorset Citizens' Panel
The Citizens' Panel offers Dorset residents a regular opportunity to make a contribution to future county council decisions. There are three Citizens' Panel questionnaires each year and we have been consulting with local people this way since 2000.
What you said, and what we did
Through taking part in a consultation, your views influence the way the councils across Dorset do things.
Place Survey Data 2008
The Place Survey was a national survey undertaken in 2008 which, in many ways, replaced the Best Value Survey of 2006. In 2008 the Government changed its approach to seeing how well local authorities were doing by looking at how where you live can affect how happy you are with the services you receive. The new Government formed in 2010 is looking at new ways for councils to look to the public to find out how well they are performing, and for reviewing local government finance.
Research Governance and Social Care
How Dorset County Council oversees the regulation of research in social care, including a resource pack which explains the Research Governance and Social Care framework.