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23.02.15

Tri-council partnership approved for Dorset

Councillors at North Dorset District Council have approved an agreement to establish a ‘tri-council’ partnership with two neighbouring authorities.

The partnership with West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is expected to deliver £6m in savings by 2020 through the “shared delivery of services”.

It was also agreed that Matt Prosser, already the chief executive of West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, will become the CEO of all three councils.

He will take up his position as head of North Dorset on 1 March, following Liz Goodall's retirement.

The two other councils are expected to approve the deal this week.

West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould added that there were “no plans for large-scale job reductions”. But most of the savings are expected to come from removing senior management roles and the councils moving from older offices, which they will sell to raise additional capital.

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