The North Dorset Community Partnership is the best in the country!

Friday, February 5th, 2010

So, for some time we've been saying that we do things differently in North Dorset, and for the better. This was confirmed last night, Thursday 4 February, at the National Community Partnership Awards when North Dorset received the top award of Best Community Partnership in the UK. The award is the ...

Joint Working across Councils

Monday, February 1st, 2010

One of the recurring themes I hear is the confusion between the different levels of council. Not surprising, really - with County, District, Town, Parish councils all taking their share of responsibilities. Of course, move to the metropolitan or unitary areas and the framework changes again. Indeed I remember a ...

Haiti – fundraising at North Dorset

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

When you look at what has happened in Haiti, you realise - as after the Tsunami - that there are catastrophes that dwarf so much of what we do have control over. It is also a reminder that the disaster charities do a fantastic job. But as ever, they need money ...

NDDC and supporting the local economy

Friday, September 25th, 2009

At the meeting of Full Council today, we endorsed the adoption of a ‘prompt payment code’ across Dorset – a commitment to making sure that invoices are settled in due time. In fact this was already something that we had been trying to ensure, as simple good practice. In ...

Equality & Diversity

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Maybe surprisingly, this isn't another damning list of stupidity under the E&D banner. North Dorset District Council has just been awarded Equality Standard Level 3, which means that we are classed as an "achieving" council within the Equality Framework. As ever, this needs a little unpacking - and it is ...

My expenses (and income)

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

For the record, my expenses are as follows: Financial Year 07-08: allowance £3692.24, expenses £nil Financial Year 08-09: allowance £4196, expenses £878 A few explanatory words of commentary: The allowance is, if you like, akin to a salary - we are paid (and taxed PAYE) in order to represent some of the time involved, ...

Youth Forum pt2

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

I have just been at the second meeting of the nascent North Dorset Youth Forum. It was variously disappointing and inspiring; the disappointment arising mainly from the reduced numbers since we last met, and the inability of those "oldies" amongst us to avoid either our viewpoints or our negative experiences ...

That’s why Dorset is subsidising the North…

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

If you had any doubts as to why it is that we in Dorset receive such a small (relatively) grant from what the tax man has horded centrally, then take a look at this. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/7422181.stm Of course, I thought it was simple gerrymandering and the government funding its own constituencies (remember ...

Young People

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Once again the plaintive cry that I heard at the Youth Forum meeting, that youngsters are fed up with being tarred with the brush of being hooligans, and want to retaliate against the unfair image that the media presents. This time, it's from a study undertaken by V, the ...

Representation and Local Issues

Friday, March 7th, 2008

One of the first bits of training I received upon election was with regards the Code of Conduct. It's long. It's unwieldy. It's been rewritten. It's still long, and unwieldy. It is, of course, not publicly understood. And it has an extraordinary effect. Broadly speaking, if a councillor has expressed a ...