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How your council tax is spent

Town and parish spending

Town and parish councils that precept in excess of £140,000 in 2019/20 are required to provide a breakdown of their service expenditure. This applies to the following councils:

Amesbury Town Council
2 Flower Court, Flower Lane, Amesbury, SP4 7JE
01980 622999
townclerk@amesburytowncouncil.gov.uk

www.amesburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure 

2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)
Administration / management / maintenance
372,490
386,136
Promotions / grants / donations
15,900 
15,450
Projects and facilities
93,168
80,400
Total gross expenditure
481,558481,986
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
75,29761,116
Use of reserves
46,2618,804
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
360,000
412,066
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Box Parish Council

Parish Council Offices, The Parade, Box, Corsham SN13 8NX

01225 742356

mailbox@boxparish.org.uk


Expenditure
2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)

Administration, management and maintenance

216,243
218,276
Promotions, grants and donations
4,000
4,000
Projects and facilities
32,561
34,450
Total gross expenditure
252,804
256,726
Less
2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income
55,075
54,311
Use of reserves
61,168
52,069
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
136,561
150,346


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Bradford on Avon Town Council
St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon BA15 1DE
01225 864240
townclerk@bradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Administration/management/maintenance 

508,750 
661,530
Civic and property 
181,000
125,320
Projects  
97,19078,500
Total gross expenditure 
786,940
865,350
Less
2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income 
97,350
120,960
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
689,590
744,390
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Calne Town Council
Bank House, The Strand, Calne SN11 0EN
01249 814000
calne@calne.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Community services/facilities 

926,265941,394
Central/corporate costs
481,267499,170 
Community projects/events
148,884156,099
Total gross expenditure   
1,556,416
1,596,663
Less

2018/2019 (£)

2019/2020 (£)
Income
339,093323,133
Use of reserves
581
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
1,216,742 
1,273,530
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Chippenham Town Council
The Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham SN15 5PH
01249 446699
cstarkie@chippenham.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)

2019/2020 (£)

Sports and outside sites 
1,196,7751792,134
Heritage, information and halls  
860,905
815,425
Democratic, member services and civic 
713,1291,027,706
Total gross expenditure 
2,770,809
3,635,265
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income 
605,733
686,715
Use of balances
58,9580
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 


Budget requirement (precept) 
2,106,1182,948,550
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Corsham Town Council
Town Hall, High Street, Corsham SN13 0EZ
01249 702130
towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Finance and administration 

329,394  
365,362  
Property and amenities
389,144 
465,482
Community services
99,002
135,826 
Total gross expenditure
817,540966,670
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
90,936142,770
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
 
 
Budget requirement (precept)
726,604823,900 
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Cricklade Town Council
Ockwells, 113 High Street, Cricklade SN6 6AE
01793 751394
admin@cricklade-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Town management and maintenance grants 

262,080
267,788
Community amenities and leisure
31,45544,007
Town planning and development: car parks
15,818
18,117
Total gross expenditure
309,353
329,912
Less2018/2019
2019/2020
Income: underspend and savings
15,35016,304  
Use of reserves
5,8130
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
06,479
Budget requirement (precept)
288,190307,129  
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Devizes Town Council
Town Hall, St John's Street, Devizes SN10 1BN
01380 722160
townclerk@devizes-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Administration, management, maintenance 

758,294  
760,369
Promotions, grants, donations
45,800 
48,500
Projects and facilities
685,600726,376  
Total gross expenditure
1,489,6941,535,245  
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
599,860611,060  
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
889,834924,185
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Laverstock and Ford Parish Council

3 Pilgrims Way, Laverstock, Salisbury SP1 1RZ

01722 411847

parish-clerk@laverstock-ford.co.uk

www.laverstock-ford.co.uk


Expenditure
2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Administration, corporate and civic activity
70,547
79,755
Loan repayments
0
0
Projects and facilities
99,220
308,474
Total gross expenditure

169,767

388,229
Less
2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
27,989
40,190
Use of reserves
15,235
128,276
Grants
0
41,800
Budget requirement (precept)
126,543
177,963


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Ludgershall Town Council
22 High Street, Ludgershall, Andover, Hants, SP11 9PZ
01264 391629
info@ludgershall-tc.gov.uk

www.ludgershall-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/19 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Administration, civic and social activities

130,865147,016  
Community services and capital projects
11,500
11,500
Properties and loan charges
15,20012,500
Total gross expenditure
157,565171,016 
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
9,3029,052
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)148,263161,964 
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Malmesbury Town Council
Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury SN16 9BZ
01666 822143
Jeff.penfold@malmesbury.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Administration, corporate and civic activity 

393,893 
412,656
Loan repayments
40,863
40,863  
Projects and facilities
79,750
78,400
Total gross expenditure
514,506
531,919 
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020(£)
Income
87,16080,075 
Use of reserves
4,189580
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
423,157
451,264
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Marlborough Town Council
Council Offices, 5 High Street, Marlborough SN8 1AA
01672 512487
townclerk@marlborough-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Town Hall, properties and buildings 

228,442
222,648
Open spaces, amenities and cemeteries
261,148267,083  
Civic, democratic, planning and administration
320,241358,834  
Total gross expenditure
809,831848,565 
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income
183,500178,690
Use of reserves 
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
626,331669,875
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Melksham Town Council
Town Hall, Market Place, Melksham SN12 6ES
01225 704187
clerk@melkshamtown.co.uk

Expenditure2018/2019(£)2019/2020(£)

Administration 

398,115
284,250
Properties, buildings and town amenities 
561,700 
599,890  
Town development, grants and projects 
104,380
231,300
Total gross expenditure
1,064,195
1,115,440
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income 
300,445
270,530  
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
763,750
844,910 


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Melksham Without Parish Council
PSorts Pavilion, Westinghouse Way, Bowerhill, Melksham SN12 6TL
01225 705700
clerk@melkshamwithout.co.uk

www.melkshamwithout.co.uk

Expenditure2018/2019(£)2019/2020(£)

Administration 

121,868
108,352  
Parish Amenities
117,67854,031 
Community Support
28,70039,950  
Total gross expenditure
268,246202,333 
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income
58,66589,146  
Use of reserves  
19,489  (87,921)  
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
00
Budget requirement (precept)
190,092201,108
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Mere Town Council

Duchy Manor, Springfield Road, Mere, BA12 6EW

01747 860701

lindseywood@merewilts.org

www.merewilts.org


Expenditure
2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Admin, management, grants, events and promotions
57,525
65,324
Open spaces, leisure facilities and cemetery
71,201
79,387
Properties, buildings, car parks and public toilets
39,608
19,930
Total gross expenditure
168,334
164,641
Less
2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
17,765
18,435
Use of reserves
13,362
0
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
137,207
146,206


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Purton Parish Council
Council Office, Village Hall, Purton SN5 4AJ
01793 771066
deborah.lawrence@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

www.purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019(£)2019/2020(£)

Play areas 

12,312
78,801
Burial and rights of way
44,05641,384
General areas and planning   
159,722
264,152
Total gross expenditure
216,090384,337
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income
10,408
17,833
Use of reserves
(49,646)67,087 
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
255,328299,417
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Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council
117 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 7AU
01793 850222
enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019(£)2019/2020(£)

Revenue and resources 

500,256
517,012
Amenities402,764
462,328 
Total gross expenditure
903,020979,340
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income/use of balances  
(36,195)5,315
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0

Budget requirement (precept) 
939,215
974,025
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Salisbury City Council
The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1JH
01722 342860
finance@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019(£)2019/2020(£)
Establishment inc staffing, democratic, grants, partnerships2,951,000
2,919,150
Services inc open spaces, street scene, markets, events, crematorium, community2,098,500
2,115,000
Commercial and other properties inc public conveniences 221,000
320,000
Capital projects inc loan repayments1,134,500987,500
Total expenditure
6,405,0006,341,650
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income from activities
2,548,000
2,532,500
Asset transfer transitional funding inc Section 106
177,754
88,877
Loan income and use of reserves664,910704,051
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
3,014,336
3,016,222
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Tidworth Town Council
Community Centre, Wylye Road, Tidworth SP9 7QQ
01980 847390
townclerk@tidworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

www.tidworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Administration, management maintenance 

165,450 
193,250
Promotions, grants, donations
16,00016,000 
Projects and facilities
172,300224,000
Total gross expenditure
353,750433,250
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
16,750
24,250
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00 
Budget requirement (precept)
337,000409,000 
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Trowbridge Town Council
The Civic Centre, St Stephens Place, Trowbridge BA14 8AH
01225 765072
info@trowbridge.gov.uk

www.trowbridge.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020(£)

Admin and democratic services 

451,397
507,469
Direct services
1,837,307497,833 
Leisure services
723,6872,705,131
Museum
718,9302,273,457
Total gross expenditure
3,731,3215,983,890
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income
2,010,5384,186,297
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
1,720,7831,797,593
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Warminster Town Council
Warminster Civic Centre, Sambourne Road Warminster BA12 8LB
01985 214847
admin@warminster-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019(£)2019/2020(£)

Administration 

233,663
238,840 
Properties, buildings and town amenities
534,493603,627 
Town development, grants and projects
104,10092,600 
Total gross expenditure
872,256935,067
Less2018/2019(£)
2019/2020(£)
Income
123,244148,584 
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council   
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
749,012786,483  
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Westbury Town Council
The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury BA13 3EN
01373 822232
deborah.urch@westburytowncouncil.gov.uk

www.westburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019(£)2019/2020(£)

Administration, civic and social activities

238,420247,141
Community services and capital projects
394,980
439,854
Properties and loan charges
95,740106,800  
Total gross expenditure
729,140793,795
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
85,590105,479  
Use of reserves
13,99813,998
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
629,552674,318
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Wilton Town Council
Council Offices, Kingsbury Square, Wilton, SP2 0BA
01722 742667
clerk@wiltontowncouncil.gov.uk

www.wiltontowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2018/2019 (£)2019/2020 (£)

Administration, civic and social activities

78,91479,700
Community services and capital projects
26,638
30,632
Properties and loan charges
107,377121,255
Total gross expenditure
212,929231,587
Less2018/2019 (£)
2019/2020 (£)
Income
8,06013,660
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
204,869217,927
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Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Swindon and Wiltshire


Angus Macpherson was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon in November 2012 and was re-elected in May 2016. 

His role includes:

  • Setting the strategic direction for policing in Wiltshire and Swindon through a four-year Police and Crime Plan.
  • Securing efficient and effective policing for the area
  • Holding the Wiltshire Police Chief Constable to account for delivering effective policing in accordance with the Police and Crime Plan
  • Working with local authorities as well as voluntary and community organisations to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime
  • Engaging with communities
  • Setting the policing and crime element of council tax, having consulted on his proposal
  • Commissioning services to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and to support victims of crime. The main service he commissions is Wiltshire Police.

The Commissioner's priority is to work with communities and partners to:

  • Prevent crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Protect the most vulnerable in society
  • Put victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do
  • Secure high quality, efficient and trusted services
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Funding summary2018/20192019/2020
Main Home Office grant£36.961m£37.765m

Main Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) grant

£20.393m£20.794m

Legacy council tax grants

£5.235m 
£5.235m
Total central funding   
£62.589m
£63.794m
Precept (police and crime element of council tax income)
£46.589m
£53.743m
Council tax collection fund surplus  

£0.781

£0.550m
Total funding available  
£109.959m
£118.087m


Funding allocation2018/2019
2019/2020

OPCC office costs 

£0.899m
£0.960m
OPCC capital contribution   
£0.766m
£0.819m 
OPCC Commissioning
£1.270m 
£1.533m 
OPCC Additional Commissioning
      - 
£0.475m

OPCC Chief Constable allocation

£107.224m£114.500m
Total funding allocation
£110.159m
£118.287m 

Precept per household in 2019/20

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£137.51 £160.43 £183.35 £206.27 £252.11 £297.95 £343.78 £412.54
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Wiltshire Council budget and spending plans 2019/20

The budget requirement is the money we need to pay for services once we have taken account of money coming in from fees and charges and specific and general government grants. The budget requirement for Wiltshire Council in 2019/20 is £332.378 million.


Wiltshire Council budget requirements 2019/20£m
Gross budgeted expenditure830.337
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Ringfenced specific governance grants (schools)

(131.712)
Ringfenced specific governance grants (benefits)
(112.086)

Other income

(254.161)
Budget requirement
332.378

The budget requirement for 2019/20 will be spent across services as follows:

£m
Adult Social Care Operations
47.969
Learning Disabilities & Mental Health
69.255
Adults Commissioning
22.410
Public Health & Public Protection1.739
Childrens Commissioning4.920
Family & Children Services63.837
Educations & Skills1.776
Communities & Communications5.132
Economic Development & Planning2.549
Highways & Transport30.397
Waste & Environment41.345
Housing & Commercial Development16.035

Corporate Services, Digital, Finance, Legal, HR and Corporate Directors

30.364
Corporate Investment & Costs(5.350)
Budget requirement
332.378
Funded by(£m)

Retained Business Rates

58.500
Council Tax (including Adult Social Care Levy)
270.997
Collection Fund Surplus/(Deficit)
2.881
Total funding332.378
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Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

It is a requirement for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority to set a level of revenue budget and council tax before the start of the forthcoming financial year.

At its budget setting meeting on 12 February 2019, the Authority approved a total net budget requirement of £55.845m to run Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for the year 2019-20:

2018-19 2019-20
Employee costs £43.541m £46.580m
Premises £3.337m £3.884m
Transport £1.542m £1.455m
Supplies and services £4.730m £4.893m
Agency and contracted out services £2.205m £2.401m
Capital financing/leasing £2.968m £3.338m
Spending on services £58.323m £62.551m
Income/reserves -£3.797m -£6.706m
Amount to be financed £54.526m £55.845m

How this is funded

2018-19 2019-20
Fire precepts £39.977m £41.763m
Revenue grant support £4.493m £3.795m
Business rates/top-up grant £10.056m £10.287m
Total financing £54.526m £55.845m
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Budget requirements 2018/19 £54.526m

One-off items in 2018/19 budget 

-£0.474m
Pay and price inflation   £1.309m
One-off transitional costs £0.630m
Efficiencies -£1.652m
Structural changes £1.229m
Other changes £0.277m

Budget requirements 2018/2019

£55.845m


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Residents pay for their Fire & Rescue Service as part of their council tax bill, and the fire precept element of the bill for a Band A to H property in 2019- 20 is as follows:

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£49.91 £58.23 £66.55 £74.87 £91.51 £108.15 £124.78 £149.74
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The authority’s capital programme for 2019-20 totals £8.404m.  This includes planned spending of £1.329m on improvements to fire stations and other buildings, £5.608m on replacement vehicles and associated equipment and £1.467m on new or replacement equipment and Information systems.

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Email enquiries@dwfire.org.uk or visit Dorset & Wilts Fire for further information.

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Last updated: 5 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 5 March 2019