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Dorset reorganisation approved by Parliament

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Draft legislation paving the way for the abolition of the nine councils in Dorset to create two new unitaries has been approved by Parliament.

A deferred division in the House of Commons yesterday voted in favour of the two relevant standing orders by large majorities.

The draft legislation also received approval during a debate in the House of Lords.

Two new ‘shadow authorities’ established ahead of the creation of the new councils in April 2019 are expected to meet within two weeks of the approval of the legislation.

Christchurch BC, which is due to be abolished along with Bournemouth and Poole BCs to create a new council, this week launched a legal challenge to the reorganisation, despite the government describing it as “absurd”.

The council claims former housing and communities secretary Sajid Javid acted unlawfully when he submitted the draft legislation last month.

The merger West Somerset DC and Taunton Deane BC was also approved a deferred division yesterday. 

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