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Wiltshire Council budget agreed – big hike in Council Tax

February 25, 2020 7:22 PM
By WC (edited)

Budget proposals detailing Wiltshire Council's spending for 2020/21 and its financial strategy for the next five years, have been agreed.

The Wiltshire Council budget for 2020/21 has been set at £344.023 million, of which £284.723 million is funded by council tax (inclusive of the adult social care levy). In the 2020/21 financial year, a band D household will pay £1,515.00 to Wiltshire Council.

The plans, signed off at the February meeting of the council include continued cash for services, such as highways and waste, and adult and children services.

The council has also confirmed that money will be going towards a team to support its climate change programme; there may be installation of a few new cycle paths and footways; and there will be further support for economic development in South Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Council's budget goes up from around £344m to £386m over the next five years. The council is also expected to spend around £800m in capital projects over the next decade.

Council tax will increase by 4%. This includes an increase of 28% in the Social Care Levy.

Over the next year the council will spend £344 million on more than 350 services.

To address the budget pressures, council programmes around community responsibility, digital and commercial will continue to explore all options available. There are also a number of central government funding papers in the pipeline such as the Fair Funding Review, Business Rates Retention and Sustainable Social Care.