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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
The Bowman Centre, Shears Drive, Amesbury SP4 7XT
01980 622999
townclerk@amesburytowncouncil.gov.uk

www.amesburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure 

2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)
Administration / management / maintenance
386,136
442,466
Promotions / grants / donations
15,450
23,200
Projects and facilities
80,400
106,400
Total gross expenditure
481,986572,066
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21 (£)
Income
61,11662,366
Use of reserves
8,8040
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
412,066
509,700
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Box Parish Council

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

01225 742356

mailbox@boxparish.org.uk


Expenditure
2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)

Administration, management and maintenance

218,276
171,483
Promotions, grants and donations
4,000
4,000
Projects and facilities
34,450
32,573
Total gross expenditure
256,726
208,056
Less
2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
54,311
35,635
Use of reserves
52,069
18,682
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
150,346
153,739


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

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)

Administration/management/maintenance 

661,530
658,900
Civic and property 
125,320
437,692
Projects  
78,500199,900
Total gross expenditure 
865,350
1,296,492
Less
2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Income 
120,960
210,000
Use of reserves
0200,900
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
744,390
885,592
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Calne Town Council
Bank House, The Strand, Calne SN11 0EN
01249 814000
calne@calne.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)

Community services/facilities 

941,394935,350
Central/corporate costs
499,170555,225 
Community projects/events
156,099192,150
Total gross expenditure   
1,596,663
1,682,725
Less

2019/20 (£)

2020/21 (£)
Income
323,133335,010
Use of reserves
037,961
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
1,273,530
1,309,754
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Chippenham Town Council
The Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham SN15 5PH
01249 446699
msmith@chippenham.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)

2020/21 (£)

Sports and outside sites 
1,792,1341,917,993
Heritage, information and halls  
815,425
886,132
Democratic, member services and civic 
1,027,7061,068,153
Total gross expenditure 
3,635,265
3,872,278
Less2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Income 
686,715
636,017
Use of balances
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 


Budget requirement (precept) 
2,948,5503,236,261
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Corsham Town Council
Town Hall, High Street, Corsham SN13 0EZ
01249 702130
towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)

Finance and administration 

365,362
376,662
Property and amenities
465,482
551,617
Community services
135,826
171,543
Total gross expenditure
966,6701,099,822
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21 (£)
Income
142,770114,787
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
 
 
Budget requirement (precept)
823,900985,035
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Cricklade Town Council
Ockwells, 113 High Street, Cricklade SN6 6AE
01793 751394
jodiesmart@crickladetowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)

Town management and maintenance grants 

267,788
274,821
Community amenities and leisure
44,00744,530
Town planning and development: car parks
18,117
17,617
Total gross expenditure
329,912
336,968
Less2019/20
2020/21
Income: underspend and savings
16,30421,675 
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
6,4790
Budget requirement (precept)
307,129315,293  
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Devizes Town Council
Town Hall, St John's Street, Devizes SN10 1BN
01380 722160
townclerk@devizes-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21 (£)

Administration, management, maintenance 

760,369
985,897
Promotions, grants, donations
48,500 
47,500
Projects and facilities
726,376775,564
Total gross expenditure
1,535,2451,808,961
Less2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Income
611,060771,781  
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
924,1851,037,180
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Durrington Town Council
Village Hall, High Street, Durrington SP4 8AD
01980 654772
clerk@durringtontowncouncil.gov.uk

http://www.durringtontowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)

Administration, management & maintenance

89,77086,620
Promotions, grants & donations
126,140
67,280
Village Hall & pavilion
45,30050,050
Projects & facilities
011,280
Total gross expenditure
261,210215,230
Less2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Income
103,73045,230
Use of reserves
18,4800
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
139,000170,000
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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
2019/20 (£)
2020/21(£)
Administration, corporate and civic activity
79,755
126,185
Loan repayments
0
0
Projects and facilities
308,474
252,046
Total gross expenditure

388,229

378,231
Less
2019/20 (£)
2020/21(£)
Income
40,190
51,097
Use of reserves
128,276
139,955
Grants
41,800
0
Budget requirement (precept)
177,963
187,179


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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

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21(£)

Administration, corporate & civic activity

147,016169,596 
Loan repayments
11,500
11,500
Projects & facilities
12,50030,000
Total gross expenditure
171,016211,096
Less2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Income
9,0529,302
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)161,964201,794
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Malmesbury Town Council
Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury SN16 9BZ
01666 822143
Jeff.penfold@malmesbury.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)

Administration, corporate and civic activity 

412,656 
405,755
Loan repayments
40,863
40,863  
Projects and facilities
78,400
106,850
Total gross expenditure
531,919
553,468
Less2019/20 (£)
2020/21(£)
Income
80,07595,881
Use of reserves
5800
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
451,264
457,587
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Marlborough Town Council
Council Offices, 5 High Street, Marlborough SN8 1AA
01672 512487
townclerk@marlborough-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)

Town Hall, properties and buildings 

222,648
254,589
Open spaces, amenities and cemeteries
267,083265,111 
Civic, democratic, planning and administration
358,834388,047
Total gross expenditure
848,565907,747
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
178,690184,490
Use of reserves 
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
669,875723,257
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Melksham Town Council
Town Hall, Market Place, Melksham SN12 6ES
01225 704187
clerk@melkshamtown.co.uk

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)

Administration 

284,250
282,400
Properties, buildings and town amenities 
599,890
706,752
Town development, grants and projects 
231,300
202,550
Total gross expenditure
1,115,440
1,191,702
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income 
270,530
262,580  
Use of reserves
045,000
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
844,910
884,122


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

www.melkshamwithout.co.uk

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)

Administration 

108,352
127,224 
Parish Amenities
54,031142,683 
Community Support
39,95036,450
Total gross expenditure
202,333306,357
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
89,146302,861
Use of reserves  
(87,921)(217,738)  
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
00
Budget requirement (precept)
201,108221,234
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Mere Town Council

Duchy Manor, Springfield Road, Mere, BA12 6EW

01747 860701

lindseywood@merewilts.org

www.merewilts.org


Expenditure
2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Admin, management, grants, events and promotions
65,324
76,334
Open spaces, leisure facilities and cemetery
79,387
81,572
Properties, buildings, car parks and public toilets
19,930
24,641
Total gross expenditure
164,641
182,547
Less
2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Income
18,435
21,742
Use of reserves
0
2,527
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
146,206
158,278


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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

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)

Play areas 

78,801
19,330
Burial and rights of way
41,38477,825
General areas and planning   
264,152
292,536
Total gross expenditure
384,337389,691
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
17,833
11,589
Use of reserves
67,08766,286
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
299,417311,816
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Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council
117 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 7AU
01793 850222
enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)

Revenue and resources 

517,012
548,255
Amenities462,328
471,997
Total gross expenditure
979,3401,020,252
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income/use of balances  
5,31526,185
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0

Budget requirement (precept) 
974,025
994,067
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Salisbury City Council
The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1JH
01722 342860
finance@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)
Establishment inc staffing, democratic, grants, partnerships2,919,150
2,954,100
Services inc open spaces, street scene, markets, events, crematorium, community2,115,000
2,347,000
Commercial and other properties inc public conveniences 320,000
308,500
Capital projects inc loan repayments987,500710,000
Total expenditure
6,341,6506,319,600
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income from activities
2,532,500
2,580,000
Asset transfer transitional funding inc Section 106
88,877
0
Loan income and use of reserves704,051675,467
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
3,016,222
3,064,133
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Tidworth Town Council
Community Centre, Wylye Road, Tidworth SP9 7QQ
01980 847390
townclerk@tidworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

www.tidworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21 (£)

Administration, management & maintenance 

193,250
169,310
Promotions, grants & donations
16,00019,500
Projects and facilities
224,000276,290
Total gross expenditure
433,250465,100
Less2019/20 (£)
2020/21 (£)
Income
24,250
17,100
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00 
Budget requirement (precept)
409,000448,000
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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

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21(£)

Policy & resources

507,469
580,584
Venue services
497,833489,543 
Leisure & Information services
2,705,1314,371,860
Cultural & Neighbourhoods
2,273,457828,923
Total gross expenditure
5,983,8906,270,910
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
4,186,2974,333,960
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
1,797,5931,936,950
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Warminster Town Council
Warminster Civic Centre, Sambourne Road Warminster BA12 8LB
01985 214847
admin@warminster-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)

Administration 

238,840
262,360
Properties, buildings and town amenities
603,627949,558
Town development, grants and projects
92,600117,600
Total gross expenditure
935,0671,329,518
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
148,584148,852
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council   
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
786,4831,180,666 
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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

Expenditure2019/20(£)2020/21(£)

Administration, civic and social activities

247,141289,955
Community services and capital projects
439,854
609,204
Properties and loan charges
106,80092,683
Total gross expenditure
793,795991,842
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
105,479110,184  
Use of reserves
13,9980
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
674,318881,658
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Wilton Town Council
Council Offices, Kingsbury Square, Wilton, SP2 0BA
01722 742667
clerk@wiltontowncouncil.gov.uk

www.wiltontowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2019/20 (£)2020/21(£)

Administration

79,700125,032
Finance & loans
30,632
148,225
Community services
121,2550
Total gross expenditure
231,587273,257
Less2019/20(£)
2020/21(£)
Income
13,66015,070
Use of reserves
015,000
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
217,927243,187
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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 summary2019/202020/21
Main Home Office grant£37.765m£40.73m

Main Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) grant

£20.794m£22.211m

Legacy council tax grants

£5.235m 
£5.235m
Total central funding   
£63.794m
£68.176m
Precept (police and crime element of council tax income)
£53.743m
£57.055m
Council tax collection fund surplus  

£0.550m 

£0.293m
Total funding available  
£118.087m
£125.524m


Funding allocation2019/20
2020/21

OPCC office costs 

£0.960m
£3.117m
OPCC capital contribution   
£0.819m
£1.781m
OPCC Commissioning
£1.533m 
£120.826m
OPCC Additional Commissioning
£0.475m
£0.00

OPCC Chief Constable allocation

£114.500m£0.00
Total funding allocation
£118.287m
£125.724m 

Precept per household in 2020/21

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£144.18 £168.21 £192.24 £216.27 £264.33 £312.39 £360.45 £432.54
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Wiltshire Council budget and spending plans 2020/21

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 2020/21 is £344.023 million.


Wiltshire Council budget requirements 2020/21£m
Gross budgeted expenditure848.849
Less

Ringfenced specific governance grants (schools)

(110.948)
Ringfenced specific governance grants (benefits)
(72.097)

Other income

(321.781)
Budget requirement
344.023

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

£m
Adult Social Care Operations
49.536
Learning Disabilities & Mental Health
72.264
Adults Commissioning
23.257
Public Health & Public Protection0.418
Childrens Commissioning4.659
Family & Children Services66.370
Education & Skills3.203
Communities & Neighbourhood23.645
Economic Development & Planning2.757
Highways & Environment55.605
Housing & Commercial Development15.704
Corporate Services, Digital, Finance, Legal, HR and Corporate Directors33.513

Corporate Investment & Costs

(6.908)
Budget Requirement334.023


Funded by(£m)

Retained Business Rates

56.600
Council Tax (including Adult Social Care Levy)
284.723
Collection Fund Surplus/(Deficit)
2.700
Total funding344.023
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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 2020, the Authority approved a total net budget requirement of £57.064m to run Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for the year 2020-21:

2019-20 2020-21
Employee costs £46.580m £48.247m
Premises £3.884m £3.789m
Transport £1.455m £1.495m
Supplies and services £4.893m £5.229m
Agency and contracted out services £2.401m £2.389m
Capital financing/leasing £3.338m £3.280m
Spending on services £62.551m £64.429m
Income/reserves -£6.706m -£7.365m
Amount to be financed £55.845m £57.064m

How this is funded

2019-20 2020-21
Fire precepts £41.763m £42.753m
Revenue grant support £3.795m £3.857m
Business rates/top-up grant £10.287m £10.454m
Total financing £55.845m £57.064m
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Budget requirements 2019/20 £55.845m

One-off items in 2019/20 budget 

-£0.409m
Pay and price inflation   £1.167m
Capital financing £0.201m
Structural changes £0.216m
Other changes £0.044m
Budget requirements in 2020-21£57.064m





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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 2020-21 is as follows:

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£50.91 £59.39 £67.88 £76.36 £93.33 £110.30 £127.27 £152.72
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The authority’s capital programme for 2020-21 totals £10.394m.  This includes planned spending of £2.087m on improvements to fire stations and other buildings, £6.906m on replacement vehicles and associated equipment and £1.401m 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: 9 March 2020 | Last reviewed: 9 March 2020