Stop massive council tax rises in Dorset and protect local democracy when councils merge

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If the Secretary of State approves the creation of two new Councils in Dorset, we call on him to make sure that council tax rises are kept within the current 2% limit. We also want to see Parish, Town or Community Councils for ALL communities so decisions are made locally.

Three of Dorset's councils rejected the merger, only 3% of residents responded to the consultation and 18 months is insufficient to complete the work needed for successful reorganisation.

Local authorities must keep council tax rises below 2% per year. Current proposals have suggested we could see rises of 6% per year for up to 5 years.

Christchurch residents are currently paying around £300 more in council tax than Poole residents. Rather than lowering the rate for Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth's rate would rise by up to 6% a year for the next 5 years with no improvement in the level of services provided, putting local families under pressure.

Decision making must be kept in the hands of local communities rather than in remote Council Chambers.

We want to see the two new councils supported by Parish/Town/Community Councils in every neighbourhood in both the Rural and Urban Authorities, with sufficient funding and accountable to local councillors.

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