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Local Government: Dorset

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Officials of his Department will provide advice and guidance to the Leaders of Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council and Purbeck District Council in relation to their preparation of an alternative submission for local government reorganisation in Dorset.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

Following a meeting about possible unitary reorganisation which the Dorset leaders had in late 2015 with my Rt Hon Friend Greg Clark, the then Secretary of State, officials have provided information, largely orally, to the 9 Dorset councils as those councils together developed and took forward options for reorganisation. This information focussed on such matters as the process for unitarisation, the issues councils considering making a proposal for reorganisation might need to address, and the type of evidence and information which might need to be included in any such proposal.

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