Dorset Council could receive rebate of almost £500k for undelivered health projects

dorset councilBy Local Democracy Reporter Trevor Bevins

BOTH Dorset unitary councils could get ‘rebates’ from Public Health Dorset budget this year.

The money, which may amount to £1million in total, had been set aside for projects which were not delivered because of the pandemic.

But instead of being repaid, the final amount will be deduced from the contributions the two councils are expected to make in the coming financial year 2021/22.

Public health director for the county, Sam Crowe, told a joint public health board meeting that the final amounts could not yet be accurately calculated, but might be as much as £532,000 for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and £468,000 for Dorset Council.

He said the final figures would depend on grant aid which had not yet been finalised.

Another likely underspend, of £338,000, will be carried forward and used to re-start and catch up with a range of health improvement work which was also delayed.

Extra funding is also being proposed for the 2016-20 Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset Alcohol and Drugs Strategy, a four-year programme, which was due to finish in 2020, but was also held up by the pandemic.

An overall shared public health service budget for the coming year is expected to be set at £28.75million.

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