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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 2018/19 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
amesburyclerk@btconnect.com

Expenditure 

2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)
Administration / management / maintenance
311,608 
372,490
Promotions / grants / donations
20,308 
15,900
Projects and facilities
138,209
93,168
Total gross expenditure
470,125481,558
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
85,33275,297
Use of reserves
49,79346,261
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
335,000 
360,000
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Bradford on Avon Town Council
St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon BA15 1DE
01225 864240
townclerk@bradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration/management/maintenance 

456,644 
508,750
Civic and property 
123,324
181,000
Projects  
68,34097,190
Total gross expenditure 
648,308
786,940 
Less
2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income 
101,600 
97,350
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
546,708
689,590
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Calne Town Council
Bank House, The Strand, Calne SN11 0EN
01249 814000
calne@calne.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Community services/facilities 

889,451926,265
Central/corporate costs
432,974481,267  
Community projects/events
222,760148,884
Total gross expenditure   
1,545,185
1,556,416
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
325,540339,093 
Use of reserves
57,642581  
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
1,162,003  
1,216,742
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Chippenham Town Council
The Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham SN15 5PH
01249 446699
cstarkie@chippenham.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)
Sports and outside sites 
1,102,1871,196,775 
Heritage, information and halls  
781,271
860,905
Democratic, member services and civic 
660,426713,129
Total gross expenditure 
2,543,884 
2,770,809 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income 
484,849
605,733
Use of balances 
57,26458,958 
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 


Budget requirement (precept) 
2,001,7712,106,118 
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Corsham Town Council
Town Hall, High Street, Corsham SN13 0EZ
01249 702130
towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Finance and administration 

338,383  
329,394  
Property and amenities
329,156 
389,144
Community services
88,770  
99,002   
Total gross expenditure
756,309817,540 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
88,59290,936 
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
 
 
Budget requirement (precept)
667,717726,604 
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Cricklade Town Council
Ockwells, 113 High Street, Cricklade SN6 6AE
01793 751394
admin@cricklade-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Town management and maintenance grants 

243,149
262,080  
Community amenities and leisure
36,25531,455 
Town planning and development: car parks
14,368  
15,818 
Total gross expenditure
293,772  
309,353
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income: underspend and savings
15,47515,350  
Use of reserves
5,7295,813  
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
272,568288,190  
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Devizes Town Council
Town Hall, St John's Street, Devizes SN10 1BN
01380 722160
townclerk@devizes-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration, management, maintenance 

745,575  
758,294 
Promotions, grants, donations
45,150  
45,800 
Projects and facilities
650,640685,600  
Total gross expenditure
1,441,3651,489,694  
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
602,410599,860  
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
838,955889,834  
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Ludgershall Town Council
22 High Street, Ludgershall, Andover, Hants, SP11 9PZ
01264 391629
info@ludgershalltc.org.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration, civic and social activities

120,510130,865  
Community services and capital projects
11,500
11,500
Properties and loan charges
15,00015,200 
Total gross expenditure
147,010157,565 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
8,0509,302
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)138,955148,263 
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Malmesbury Town Council
Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury SN16 9BZ
01666 822143
Jeff.penfold@malmesbury.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration, corporate and civic activity 

337,460  
393,893
Loan repayments
40,863  
40,863  
Projects and facilities
86,325  
79,750 
Total gross expenditure
464,648  
514,506 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
83,47587,160  
Use of reserves
04,189
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
381,173  
423,157  
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Marlborough Town Council
Council Offices, 5 High Street, Marlborough SN8 1AA
01672 512487
townclerk@marlborough-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Town Hall, properties and buildings 

192,214
228,442
Open spaces, amenities and cemeteries
280,497261,148  
Civic, democratic, planning and administration
299,002320,241  
Total gross expenditure
771,713809,831 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
170,800183,500
Use of reserves 
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
600,913626,331 
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Melksham Town Council
Town Hall, Market Place, Melksham SN12 6ES
01225 704187
townhall@melkshamtown.co.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration 

348,880
398,115
Properties, buildings and town amenities 
362,975  
561,700  
Town development, grants and projects 
68,630
104,380  
Total gross expenditure
780,485
1,064,195
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income 
180,370
300,445  
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
600,115
763,750  


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Melksham Without Parish Council
Crown Chambers, 7 Market Place, Melksham SN12 6ES
01225 705700
clerk@melkshamwithout.co.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration 

96,567
121,868  
Parish Amenities
84,858117,678  
Community Support
35,45528,700  
Total gross expenditure
216,880268,246 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
64,03058,665  
Use of reserves  
(25,150)  19,489  
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
00
Budget requirement (precept)
178,000190,092  
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Purton Parish Council
Council Office, Village Hall, Purton SN5 4AJ
01793 771066
clerk@purtonpc.eclipse.co.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Play areas 

15,160
12,312 
Burial and rights of way
53,42844,056 
General areas and planning   
155,245
159,722
Total gross expenditure
223,833216,090
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
9,521  
10,408
Use of reserves
-10,978-49,646 
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00
Budget requirement (precept)
225,290255,328  
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Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council
117 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 7AU
01793 850222
enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Revenue and resources 

489,948
500,256  
Amenities410,849
402,764 
Total gross expenditure
900,797903,020
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income/use of balances  
23,277-36,195 
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0

Budget requirement (precept) 
877,520
939,215  
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Salisbury City Council
The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1JH
01722 342860
info@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)
Establishment inc staffing, democratic, grants, partnerships2,743,536
2,951,000
Services inc open spaces, street scene, markets, events, crematorium, community1,591,350
2,098,500
Commercial and other properties inc public conveniences 256,000
221,000
Capital projects inc loan repayments1,421,3001,134,500
Total expenditure
6,012,1866,405,000
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income from activities
2,443,950
2,548,000
Asset transfer transitional funding inc Section 106
806,130
177,754
Loan income and use of reserves1,022,010664,910
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council 
0
Budget requirement (precept) 
1,740,096
3,014,336
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Tidworth Town Council
Community Centre, Wylye Road, Tidworth SP9 7QH
01980 847390
townclerk@tidworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration, management maintenance 

103,463  
165,450  
Promotions, grants, donations
14,00016,000 
Projects and facilities
176,000172,300 
Total gross expenditure
293,463353,750  
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
11,000  
16,750 
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
00 
Budget requirement (precept)
282,463337,000 
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Trowbridge Town Council
The Civic Centre, St Stephens Place, Trowbridge BA14 8AH
01225 765072
info@trowbridge.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Admin and democratic services 

386,659
451,397  
Direct services
1,623,1291,837,307 
Leisure services
492,482723,687  
Museum
174,446718,930  
Total gross expenditure
2,676,7163,731,321  
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
1,057,4652,010,538 
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
1,619,2511,720,783 
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Warminster Town Council
Warminster Civic Centre, Sambourne Road Warminster BA12 8LB
01985 214847
admin@warminster-tc.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration 

210,331
233,663  
Properties, buildings and town amenities
346,661534,493  
Town development, grants and projects
86,500104,100  
Total gross expenditure
643,492872,256  
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
90,880123,244  
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council   
0
0
Budget requirement (precept)
552,612749,012  
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Westbury Town Council
The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury BA13 3EN
01373 822232
info@westburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration, civic and social activities

188,790238,420
Community services and capital projects
375,307
394,980
Properties and loan charges
73,81795,740  
Total gross expenditure
637,914729,140 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
99,26585,590  
Use of reserves
013,998
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
538,649629,552
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Wilton Town Council
Council Offices, Kingsbury Square, Wilton, SP2 0BA
01722 742093
clerk@wiltontowncouncil.gov.uk

Expenditure2017/2018 (£)2018/2019 (£)

Administration, civic and social activities

71,356102,170 
Community services and capital projects
20,300
21,900 
Properties and loan charges
95,59788,859  
Total gross expenditure
187,253212,929 
Less2017/2018 (£)
2018/2019 (£)
Income
12,0608,060
Use of reserves
00
Council tax support funding from Wiltshire Council
0
Budget requirement (precept)
175,193204,869 
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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 summary2017/2018 2018/2019 
Main Home Office grant£36.961m£36.961m

Main Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) grant

£20.393m£20.393m

Legacy council tax grants

£5.235m 
£5.235m
Total central funding   
£62.589m
£62.589m
Precept (police and crime element of council tax income)
£42.457m
£46.589m 
Council tax collection fund surplus  
£0.602m 
£0.781m 
Total funding available  
£105.648m
£109.959m


Funding allocation2017/2018
2018/2019

OPCC office costs 

£0.713m
£0.737m
OPCC capital contribution   
£0.742m
£0.766m 
OPCC Commissioning funds
£1.229m 
£1.270m 
OPCC Chief Constable allocation commissioning Wiltshire Police          
£103.251m 
107.386m
Total funding allocation
£105.899m
£110.159m 

Precept per household in 2018/2019

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£121.51 £141.77 £162.02 £182.27 £222.77 £263.28 £303.78 £364.54
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Wiltshire Council budget and spending plans 2018/19

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 2018/19 is £327.746 million.


Wiltshire Council budget requirements 2018/19£m
Gross budgeted expenditure927.708
Less

Ringfenced specific governance grants (schools)

(279.657)
Ringfenced specific governance grants (benefits)
(111.886)

Other income

(208.419)
Budget requirement
327.746

The budget requirement for 2018/19 will be spent across services as follows:

£m
Adult Social Care Operations
118.046
Public Health and Public Protection
0.668
Commissioning
25.515
Family and Children Services59.536
Education and Skills2.084
Economy Development and Planning2.581
Highways and Transport27.760
Waste and Environment36.368
Housing and Commercial Development 15.768
Communities and Communications4.756
Corporate Services, Digital, Finance, Legal, HR and Corporate Directors29.410
Corporate Investment and Costs5.254
Budget requirement
327.746
Funded by(£m)

Central Government Funding (including Business Rates Retention and RSG)

63.750
Council Tax (including Adult Social Care Levy)
258.450
Collection Fund Surplus/(Deficit)
5.546
Total funding327.746
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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 9 February 2018, the Authority approved a total net budget requirement of £54.526m to run Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for the year 2018-19:

2018 - 19 2017 - 18
Employee costs £43.541m £42.502m
Premises £3.337m £3.078m
Transport £1.542m £1.578m
Supplies and services £4.730m £4.517m
Agency and contracted out services £2.205m £2.447m
Capital financing/leasing £2.968m £2.946m
Spending on services £58.323m £57.068m
Income/reserves -£3.797m -£3.582m
Amount to be financed £54.526m £53.486m

How this is funded

2018 - 19 2017 - 18
Fire precepts £40.977m £38.019m
Revenue grant support £4.493m £5.704m
Business rates/top-up grant £10.056m £9.763m
Total financing £54.526m £53.486m
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Budget requirements 2017/2018 £53.486m

One-off items in 2017/18 budget 

-£0.657m
Pay and price inflation   £1.038m
One-off transitional costs £0.579m
Efficiencies -£0.265m
On-call firefighter investment £0.342m
Structural changes £0.139m
Other changes -£0.118m
Budget requirement 2018/2019   £54.526m

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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 2018-19 is as follows:

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£48.47 £56.54 £64.62 £72.70 £88.86 £105.01 £121.17 £145.40
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The authority’s capital programme for 2018-19 totals £9.632m.  This includes planned spending of £1.695m on improvements to fire stations and other buildings, £6.219m on replacement vehicles and associated equipment and £1.718m on new or replacement equipment and Information systems.

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

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Last updated: 13 March 2018 | Last reviewed: 13 March 2018