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Dorset Council News,
8 January 2020

Plans to increase funding for adult social care and children’s services in 2020-21 proposed budget


We have submitted proposals for the 2020-21 budget in a report going to three Scrutiny Committees on 13 January. These proposals include:
  • Increase in funding for adult social care to meet the forecast demand for social care for older and disabled people
  • Increase in funding for children’s services to meet the forecast demand for support for children with complex needs and those in care

The 2020-21 budget is set in a context of rapidly rising demand for both adults and children’s care both this year and into the foreseeable future.

Since 2010, central government grants to councils have been cut by nearly 60%. We no longer receive any Revenue Support Grant from central government. 

In order to help fund these essential services, the council proposes an increase in council tax of 3.996% for 2020-21.

Next year’s proposed budget also includes further multi-million pound savings through property rationalisation, reducing travel and transport costs, and a £3m reduction on expenditure through procurement. All savings are reinvested into frontline services.

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Climate Emergency panel discusses Single Use Plastic and Call for Ideas progress


Officers from Litter Free Dorset came to present a proposal to remove and reduce single use plastic at the panel's recent meeting.  The team is currently helping Dorset Council employees remove and reduce single use plastic across council offices. 

The launch of Dorset Council’s ‘Call for Ideas’ has attracted over 200 responses from members of the public so far. Some of the more developed ideas will be selected for presentation at the panel’s Inquiry Day on Friday 21 February. 
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New year, new career – is fostering for you?

Will 2020 be the right time for you to make a difference to a child’s life?

Becoming a foster carer can be a rewarding career. There are many types of fostering including short-term, long-term, respite and full-time. Many of which can work well alongside your job or you can see it as a role in itself.

As a foster carer, you receive a weekly fee for your skills, plus a weekly allowance for each child you look after. There are also other allowances and benefits available.

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Have your say on the future planning of Dorset Heathlands

Dorset Council and BCP Council are jointly consulting on supplementary planning policy aimed at protecting areas of sensitive heathland in south east Dorset.

Evidence shows that the heathlands are under significant pressure from an increasing number of people living nearby. As the population grows, human activity and damage caused by domestic pets, have the potential to cause ongoing adverse effects on these protected habitats and species.

The consultation runs from 3 January – 3 February 2020. You can view the consultation document on both council websites, in local libraries and at council offices.

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The deadline for school places is fast approaching!

Don’t miss the deadline to apply for school places for September 2020. With only a few days days left to sign up, there are still over 600 families who have yet to apply.

Children born between 01 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 can start their school reception place in September 2020.

For the best chance of getting a place at their preferred school, parents must apply for their child’s place by 15 January 2020.

Apply now

Help a neighbour - Recycling Winter Fuel Payments


Winter Fuel Payments are beginning to be paid. If you don’t need yours, how about ‘recycling it’? 

You can help support vulnerable fellow Dorset residents this winter by donating your Winter Fuel Payment to the Dorset Community Fund’s “Survive Winter” appeal.
 
We are  supporting the Dorset Community Foundation’s `Surviving Winter’ appeal which gives individual grants of up to £200 for everything from fuel bills and hot water bottles to boiler repairs.
 
Local residents over 60 who are in fuel poverty can apply for support.  So can those over 50 who meet the winter fuel poverty criteria, have significant health conditions, are on the highest level of benefits and have little current chance of improving life circumstances. 
 
To donate, visit dorsetcommunityfoundation.org or ring 01202 670815. If you need help ask at your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
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 Fix those housing problems


Has this cold and wet weather brought damp, condensation or mould in your home? Get our practical new guide to recognising what’s causing the problem and what to do to prevent and control it.
 
If you’re renting, the guide tells you what to do if your home is in disrepair or your heating or ventilation isn’t adequate which can cause or make the problems worse. If you’ve taken the steps outlined in the guide and your landlord still hasn’t acted, the we can provide more advice and help.
 
Get the guide to controlling damp, condensation and mould here.

If you’re a tenant and struggling to get your landlord to make your home safe or do necessary repairs, our new Housing Standards guide will give you advice on how to get the problem sorted.
 
Download the Housing Standards guide here.
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