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Dorset Council is responsible for all Dorset areas apart from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole which BCP Council is responsible for.
Dorset Council has 82 councillors who represent, and are accountable to, residents and businesses in their wards.
The first election to Dorset Council was held on 2 May 2019, when 82 councillors were elected to represent 52 wards.
The number of councillors is broken down by party as follows:
Councillors are your voice in local government. If you would like your local councillor to help you with a particular issue, or if you have a question for them, you can get in touch with them by telephoning 01305 221000 in the first instance. Find all the details on our website at dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/councillors
Councillors decide and vote on what the council does. They set policy, scrutinise and make decisions through Full Council and committees.
They work with the employees of the council (the officers) who deliver the services and implement their decisions.
You can attend committee meetings to listen to the debate, ask questions, make a statement or submit a petition. Request a copy of guidance by telephoning 01305 221000 (ask for the Democratic Services Team).
You can also contact your councillor direct to discuss local issues. Telephone 01305 221000.
The Chairman is an ambassador for the council, working hard with local communities. They attend community events and meetings. Get in touch by telephone on 01305 221000 and ask for the Chairman.
We work with town and parish councils on matters which affect them locally or will be of interest to them. We consider their views when making decisions on issues including planning applications, education proposals, highways and other items.
Councillors from across the political spectrum discuss matters which affect the whole of the Dorset Council area.
We have set up Executive Advisory Panels to look at a range of topics, including climate change, the Dorset Local Plan and economic development. Councillors from the various political parties sit on the panels, enabling cross-party involvement in shaping policy.
Councillors have developed a draft council plan for Dorset for the next four years.
There are five priorities and we would like to know what you think of them. You can call 01305 858233 to request a paper survey or visitwww.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/council-plan.
The priorities are:
Economic growth; environment; suitable housing; strong, healthy communities; and staying safe.
Our area council offices are open near where you live across Dorset. Call your nearest area office for enquiries about:
Each area office has a customer services team to help you with general enquiries but if you would like to speak to an officer from a particular service, it is best to arrange a meeting in advance.
Please telephone before visiting as hours vary.
If you don’t know who to speak to about council services, please visitwww.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call 01202 795096.
Weymouth town council is responsible for the beach and promenade, parks and gardens, monuments, public toilets, cemeteries and allotments. It also manages community development work and civic activities.
Local residents can also access frontline services provided by Dorset Council from this building.
Visit the website at weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01305 239839.
Contact us online or phone 01305 221000 for enquiries about:
Do you have something to say about adult social care services? Do you have a comment, compliment or complaint?
Telling us what you think lets us know what we're doing well and what we need to do better. Your views and ideas help us to improve our services.
If you don't want to talk directly to us, you can contact Healthwatch Dorset. Healthwatch Dorset is an independent organisation that represents the views and wishes of people who use adult social care services in Dorset.
A subject access request (SAR) can be used by an individual to access personal data that is held about them, or someone they have authority to act on behalf of, by an organisation.
If you wish to request personal information that is held about you, you will need to provide us with the following:
A SAR will only be valid if it contains all the information we need, and we have received proof of your identity.
Our SAR form can be found at Data protection.
We cannot insist that you use this SAR form, but it does include all the information that will help us deal with your request efficiently. If you choose not to use the SAR form, you should provide in writing (email or letter), all the information that the SAR form asks for and send it to our data protection officer.
Find your local Registration Office
How to register a birth
Every birth in England and Wales must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) of the child being born.
Contact us to book an appointment.
Either parent can register the birth on their own. They can include both parents' details if they were married when the baby was born or conceived.
If you weren't married to each other when the baby was born or conceived then the mother can register the birth alone, but only her details can be recorded.
If you would like the father's details to be recorded, then both parents must attend, and both sign the register. If it is not possible for the father to attend, please contact us for further advice.
If you have special circumstances such as a parental responsibility agreement in force, or court order, or circumstances in which the unmarried mother is unable to attend please contact us for further advice.
Read more information on who can register a birth.
You can register a birth in the Dorset Council area at one of our register offices.
The registrar will need to know:
We'll also need to know:
We recommend that you bring your passports or birth certificates to prove this information and prevent mistakes.
You can buy a birth certificate at your appointment for £11. We accept cash, cheques and credit cards.
If the baby was born outside of the Dorset Council area (including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) you should register the birth in the district where the birth took place.
If that's not convenient, you can still attend an office in the Dorset Council area to make a 'declaration'. We'll send the details to the register office in the district where the baby was born and they will send you the birth certificate, usually within a week.
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It’s normal to be unsure of what to do when someone dies and to feel sad, angry or lonely. There are many organization’s that can advise you how to organise a funeral, cope when someone has passed away and how to register a death. There are also bereavement support groups in Dorset to support you with your loss.
You should register a death with Dorset Council Registration Service within 5 days unless the coroner has requested a postmortem or an inquest.
A relative should register the death.
If a relative can't register the death, you can do it if you:
Please make sure the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) has been sent to us by the surgery or hospital.
If the coroner has ordered a post-mortem no medical certificate will be issued, and the coroner will advise you when the death can be registered.
To make sure we have the correct information for your appointment we recommend you have access to the deceased’s:
You'll need to tell the registrar:
We can notify government departments and local councils about the death for you through our Tell Us Once service. This includes those dealing with state benefits, housing/council tax benefits, passports and driving licences. Find out more about Tell Us Once and what documents you'll need to bring to use the Tell Us Once service.
The Certificate of Burial or Cremation (green form) will normally be sent directly to the funeral directors.
At present you may buy a maximum of 2 death certificates. These cost £11 each and can be paid for at the appointment.
Please telephone the registration service in the area where the death occurred.
For more information about how we handle your personal data see the Registration Service Privacy Notice.
You can contact your local Funeral Director who will professionally guide you through the process. Dignity with Distinction offers practical advice and has a register of over 800 Funeral Directors. Tel: 0800 252 3012.
Citizens Advice have useful information on what to do after a death, including registering the death, inquest information and funeral arrangements.
Age UK has helpful information on their website about coping with bereavement and loss.
For more information and advice on births, deaths and marriages, contact the Dorset Registration Service
Tel: 01305 225153