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  • Article: Jan 15, 2022
    By Lib Dems

    Rural areas in England and Wales will be hit hardest by the expected rise in energy bills in April, new research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    New analysis of ONS data by the party shows median bills are expected to rise by an average of £598, while many largely rural areas will see increases of £700 or more.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2022

    Wiltshire's Conservative councillors have prepared a long list of cuts to services in an attempt to balance the budget. Council Tax will go up by £60 to £100 for most households. Here are some examples of what you'll get for your money:

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    Funding for older peoples' Lunch Clubs will be cut.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2022

    Grants will be offered in response to the omicron variant, which has had a detrimental effect on many businesses, particularly those in the hospitality and leisure sectors.

    Businesses can expect further news on the grants next week (17 January), with applications due to open on the council's website soon. As this is a fast-moving situation, potential applicants should check the council's website and sign up for the council's business newsletter for up-to-date information.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2022

    The day your grey bin gets collected will probably change in March as rounds are redesigned to make them more efficient.

    There will be no change to the recycling collections, nor at this stage to the two-weekly frequency.

    The details are due to be announced during February, with the new rounds starting on Feb 28th.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2022
    By WC

    A 3% rise in Band D Council Tax, increases in fees and charges, and cuts to staff are on the menu for the WC budget. Here's the WC announcement:

    Wiltshire Council's proposed budget for 2022/23 has been published, outlining how the council is planning to bridge a deficit of £27m.

    The impact of the pandemic is still being felt, but despite this the council is forecasting an underspend at the conclusion of the 2021/22 financial year. This will put the council in a strong position as it heads into the 2022/23 year, but amid the ongoing uncertainties of the pandemic, this continues to be a very challenging time financially for the public sector.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2022
    By WC (edited)

    Conservative ministers may be able to break the law with impunity, but the full tonnage has descended on a Wiltshire dog owner who didn't follow the chipping requirements.

    A Warminster woman has been prosecuted by Wiltshire Council for not having an identification tag on a collar or a microchip registered for her dog.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2022

    There's a consultation on the £10 increase in the Wiltshire Police precept which will be included in our council tax bills next year. Even with the 4.3% hike, expenditure on policing will need to be reduced.

    The consultation won't make any difference as the decision has already been made.

    The increase, when added to hefty rises in the WC and Fire Authority precepts, will mean an extra £100 to be paid by many households this year.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2022
    By Trevor Carbin

    The WC administration is trying to save money by cutting staff numbers. The council is already significantly under-performing in areas such as planning due to staff shortages.

    Now more officers are being threatened with the chop, as WC says it needs to "Deliver staff savings of £10m over the next two years with approx. 70% being delivered next year."

    Vacant budgeted posts which are described as "not business critical" will be deleted, recruitment to some vacancies will be delayed, and organisational structures will yet again be reviewed to find more posts to axe.

    Discussions are to take place with trade unions about the Tory proposals.



  • Article: Jan 8, 2022
    By Lib Dems

    The Conservative government's tax increase will cost the average family in England and Wales £430 a year by 2026, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.


    The figures reveal the scale of the cost to families of the government's decision to freeze the personal tax allowance and higher rate tax threshold until 2025/26, compounding the growing cost of living crisis.

  • Article: Jan 6, 2022
    By WC

    Wiltshire Council has successfully prosecuted a Salisbury resident who fly-tipped household waste on to school grounds in the city.

    Nadine Russell, of London Road, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday 4 January and pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping of household waste into the grounds of Chafyn Grove School.