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Huge increase in Council Tax

February 5, 2019 7:58 PM

The combination of a Conservative government and a Conservative administration in County Hall is bad news for Wiltshire taxpayers. Add in the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner's take and the increase in Council Tax will exceed £100 for some households.

The direct government grant to WC has dwindled to nothing this year.

The budget has been endorsed by cabinet today ( 5 February), and will go to full council on 26 February where members will approve the 2.99% rise in Council Tax for 2019/20.

Wiltshire Council has strong and stable budget growth of around £10M per year rising from £332m to £371 over the next five years. However the demand for services continues to grow, especially in social care, at a higher rate than the current budget.

The budget reflects increasing demand for care for the vulnerable, including adults and children with complex care needs and special educational needs, and the inability of the government to determine a new fairer funding settlement.

Next year the council will spend £332 million on 350 services.

The budget includes proposals to continue to develop the recently transformed adult social care services to respond to increased demand, continued cost-shunting onto local communities, and the creation of a new local plan.

Expenditure of £1.064 million has been included alongside new funding allocated from government, creating a £8M fund in total, to revitalise and support towns and rural communities to deliver a more locally driven street scene service. The South Wiltshire Recovery team will continue to develop and implement a programme of work to ensure the recovery of Salisbury.

Article based on WC press release, edited to improve accuracy. Original release on WC website

Wiltshire Council's Tax Bands - including proposed increases:

Band A

Band B

Band C

Band D

Band E

Band F

Band G

Band H