Council Newsletter
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Latest updates from Dorset Council
We are working with Citizens Advice to ask you to think carefully before committing to equity release schemes. Equity release is a way torelease funds from a property, however you often receive less than the market value of your home and they can require upfront costs, including arrangement fees, legal fees and a survey of the property.
We encourage you to shop around and seek independent financial advice before signing onto any schemes. You may be entitled to other benefits and grants too, which may help you.
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Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of the Council, has recorded this short video giving a few updates on the Dorset Council
We held our meeting of the Full Council last night. Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of the Council, has recorded this short video giving a few updates on items he presented. They include what support we're offering to help with the cost of living, the 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme, our expressions of interest for Investment Zones and how we're looking at our budget challenges for next financial year.
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Ukraine refugee hosts to receive financial boost from Dorset Council
We are providing an additional winter payment of up to £1,000 to all Homes for Ukraine hosts, both current and new, and a further £250 per month to hosts continuing to provide refuge for their guests after the initial six-month period.
Homes for Ukraine hosts have been receiving a £350 a month ‘thank you’ payment from the Government since guests started to arrive in Dorset six months ago.
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Avian Prevention Zone in force
The Animal and Plant Health Agency have put in place an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone across Great Britain from noon today (Monday 17 October).
It is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. This applies to all bird keepers in England, Scotland and Wales, whether birds are kept commercially or as pets, regardless of whatever type or size. These measures include cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear and equipment, reducing the movement of people to and from areas, and preventing access by poultry to ponds and watercourses.
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Calling all non-library users! 
If you’ve not visited one of our libraries or used the library service in the past three years, then you’re invited to take part in our #LetsTalk Libraries workshop. We want to know what we could we do differently so that you’d visit in the future. Whether you come along or join online, be part of the conversation and help us to refine our new draft library strategy.
This workshop is part a wider series of engagement workshops with a variety of audiences and stakeholders.
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Talk to us about the future of adult social care
We’re asking people to contribute to how adult social care services could look in the future, with a series of events across the Dorset Council area. Next week we’re in Ferndown, Gillingham and Swanage 
We really want to hear from people who use social care services and their families, those working in care and our partners. Read our short strategies put forward to start the conversation, find all our dates and venues, and join in via the link below.
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