Wiltshire Council budget proposals agreed – £344m to be spent on services

25th February 2020, 5:05pm | By liamcripps |

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

 

The plans, signed off at today’s (25 February) meeting of full council include continued investment in the key day-to-day services the public rely on, such as highways and waste, and ensuring the increased demand for adult and children services is met.

 

Among many other services, the council has also confirmed its intention to invest in three of its corporate priorities including; money going towards a team to support its climate change programme; installation of new cycle paths and footways; and further support for economic development in South Wiltshire to continue the revitalisation of the area.

 

There will be a steady growth in Wiltshire Council’s budget of around £10M per year rising from around £344m to £386m over the next five years. The council is also expected to invest around £800m in capital projects over the next decade.

 

It was agreed that council tax will increase by 1.99% and an additional social care levy of 2% on top of that.


Over the next year the council will spend around £344 million on more than 350 services as they focus to ensure it continues to operate on a strong financial base in challenging times.

 

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.

 

Cllr Simon Jacobs, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement, said: “Despite the financial and increased demand pressures all local authorities are facing, we continue to be an ambitious and forward-thinking council.

 

“As a council we have always delivered a balanced budget and we’re proud to be able to continue to invest in key services that strengthen our communities. We are investing in the vital day-to-day services that people rely upon, ensuring adults and children continue to get the care support they need, while looking at digital and commercial opportunities as well as tackling the carbon issue head-on.

 

“Of course, we are very mindful of the continuing challenges, but we have always planned carefully and are in a strong position to react effectively to any issues that may come our way.”

 

Comments and Discussion

Comments are closed.

Make a Post

You must be logged in to add a post.
Dementia Friendly Marlborough

Dementia Friendly Marlb...

We are looking for people in Marlborough to help make ...
Fitness and Friendship Club in Marlborough

Fitness and Friendship ...

Every fortnightly Tuesday’s from 18th February.  2p...
Dementia Friendly Marlborough

Dementia Friendly Marlb...

We are looking for people in Marlborough to help make ...
Setting the aims of your group

Setting the aims of you...

It’s a good idea to  work out the aims of your gro...

AlexaDaviesCEM

RT @Sport4Wiltshire: We’re going to post up some rea...
Mind Reset, in Malmesbury and Chippenham

Mind Reset, in Malmesbu...

“In all the Community Areas in Wiltshire Young Peopl...
Motiv8

Motiv8

Motiv8 exists to improve the life chances of young peo...
Residents warned to expect changes to bus timetables

Residents warned to exp...

Wiltshire Council is advising anyone needing to use a ...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...

AlexaDaviesCEM

RT @wiltscouncil: We've set up a dedicated hub to supp...
Repair cafe

Repair cafe

"The UK generates 26m tonnes of waste every single yea...
Barnardo’s issues urgent plea for Marlborough volunteers

Barnardo’s issues...

Wiltshire club issues urgent appeal for more volunteer...
Open Access Youth Café, Chippenham

Open Access Youth Café...

The Chippenham Community Area Young People Needs Asses...
Volunteer with Alzheimer’s Society

Volunteer with Alzheime...

Do you have some spare time to get involved in a volun...
Are you the candidate we are looking for to complete our new Police ICT Team?

Are you the candidate w...

Are you the candidate we are looking for to complete o...
Important news for all budding community reporters

Important news for all ...

You may have noticed that we have changed the look and...
1,000 cracking gifts for school pupils during the Easter holidays

1,000 cracking gifts fo...

Pupils who are continuing to attend school are due an ...

AlexaDaviesCEM

RT @wiltscouncil: We have launched our Wiltshire Wellb...

AlexaDaviesCEM

RT @Rhys_Schell: Been a real team effort to pull this ...
Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

Running any group costs money and it’s a good idea t...
People turning to council’s library services during this difficult time

People turning to counc...

People are making the most of staying indoors and taki...
Sovereign Housing- a Community Engagement Model

Sovereign Housing- a Co...

Have you ever wanted to see change in your community? ...

AlexaDaviesCEM

RT @wiltscouncil: We've created an online interactive ...
First steps for new groups

First steps for new groups

When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...