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Dorset is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England, which came into existence on 1 April 2019. It covers all of the county except for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The council of the new authority has been named Dorset Council.

Statutory Instruments for local government reorganisation in the ceremonial county of Dorset were made in May 2018. Under the plans, dubbed "Future Dorset", all councils then exissting within the county would be abolished and replaced by two new unitary authorities on 1 April 2019. One would be formed from the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole which would merge with the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch to create a unitary authority to be known as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. The other has been created from the area previously administered by the former non-metropolitan districts of Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and East Dorset and is known as Dorset Council.[1]

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  1. ^ "Future Dorset - Two new authorities for Dorset".