Dorset Councils - Working Together
Councils in Dorset have confirmed that they are committed to working closely together to make the best use of funds and provide Dorset people with efficient and effective services
The county council and six district/borough councils opted to become a 'pathfinder' area in 2007 under a national Government initiative to encourage councils to work in closer partnership.
Under that banner the councils have developed a number of projects which aim to give local people better value for money services which are easy to access.
Although the national pathfinder programme is no longer being pushed by the Government, Dorset's councils have made significant progress in a number of areas.
Achievements to date
Procurement: since April 2010 there has been a joint service for buying goods and services for all councils
Revenues and Benefits: Purbeck and West Dorset District Councils and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are running a joint service
Revenues and Benefits: Christchurch Borough and East and North Dorset District Councils will run a shared service from October 2010
Building Control: Purbeck and West Dorset District Councils and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are running a shared service
dorsetforyou.com: Purbeck District Council joined the existing four partners (Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council and West Dorset District Council) on the joint website in July 2010. North Dorset District Council will join in September 2010.
On behalf of all Dorset councils, Leader of West Dorset District Council Robert Gould said: "The national pathfinder programme has acted as a catalyst for closer working. Dorset councils are now moving forward, working together to improve the way they provide services for residents.
"It is crucial, in a tough financial climate, that we all make the best use of council tax payers' money, offering the services that people need at the lowest possible cost."
The programme of joint work will continue under the banner of 'Dorset Councils - Working Together.'