Dorset Race equality Council would like to thank all of the 38 friends, funders and partners who attended our 2015 Annual General Meeting, which was held yesterday, 24th May 2016, at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester.
We would like to extend particular thanks to Mark Forsyth of the British Red Cross, who delivered a very enlightening talk on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Dorset. Please feel free to download a copy of our annual report for further details of our activities and achievements in 2015. We are grateful for your continued support in what looks set to be an exciting year ahead!
Have your say: a combined authority for Dorset
Alongside talk of unitary and devolution, you may have heard the phrase ‘combined authority’ coming up a lot recently. But what does it actually mean and how would you be affected?
The nine councils across Dorset have been working together on proposals for a combined authority. A combined authority would see them working as one democratically-accountable body around the areas of economic development, regeneration and transport. We’ve now got to the point where we want to hear from local people and businesses about those proposals. The consultation is open now and runs until 17 June 2016.
Why is a combined authority a good idea for Dorset?
• As we are already aware councils need to transform the way they work in order to be fit for the future – this is the first step in that direction
• A combined authority would provide Dorset with the certainty of structure and accountability to be successful in any devolution deal with Government
• A combined authority would give Dorset one strong voice when bidding for funding or inward investment
• A combined authority would provide speedier decision-making on issues related to strategic economic growth and strategic transport for the area
Six combined authorities have already been established nationally with many other areas also working towards this arrangement. This is an exciting opportunity for Dorset to be part of national change.
Please take a look at our combined authority pages at www.dorset-combined-authority.uk and use the short online form to tell us what you think about the proposals. It’s a chance for each of us to have a say about an important change to the local government landscape in Dorset.
Once the consultation has closed results will be collected, shared with the Secretary of State and then go onto inform Government’s decision on establishing a combined authority in Dorset.
Please note this consultation is about Dorset’s proposal for a combined authority and is not about unitary options. If you have any questions, please contact Steph Lyons at S.Lyons@dorsetcc.gov.uk or on 01305 224271
The Danish Refugee Council is recruiting for Arabic and Farsi speakers for its Professional Protection Trainee Program. For more details please click here.
As part of its wider plans for future health and care services, the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has proposed changes to the organisation of Dorset’s acute hospitals. Two options have been considered and will be taken to the CCG's Governing Body on the 18th May 2016. To read about those options and to access the papers that will go to the Governing Body, please click on:CCG's proposals for local hospitals
Unity In Vision and the Friendly Food Club have the pleasure to invite you to take part in an amazing and exciting 6 week cookery workshop starting on the 9th May 2016 in Weymouth. There are still places available and if there is a high interest further workshops will be planned. Please see booking details on the poster or visit www.unity-in-vision.org.uk