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Wiltshire Council Financial Plan moves forward

Thursday 21 February 2013

Area: All areas

Wiltshire Council’s draft financial plan for 2013/14 will go before full council on 26 February 2013, after it was moved forward by council leaders on Tuesday 12 February.

An extra £362,000 was secured in government grant funding following the publication of the draft plan. Council leaders (12 February 2013) agreed that an extra £162,000 will be distributed between the area boards to focus on children and young people, as that is one of our key priorities and £200,000 will go to our school improvement service.

Wiltshire Council became a unitary authority almost four years ago and in that time we have done a great deal. We have taken some tough decisions and made lots of changes. We continue to focus on what we believe is best for the people of Wiltshire.

We have had to adopt new and innovative ways of working so that we can protect our frontline services as our funding from central government has been, and continues to be, reduced and demand continues to rise.

Three years ago we published our first business plan. It set out that we would:

  • invest in key frontline services
  • protect the most vulnerable in our communities
  • save money to enable us to do this

So far £85 million has been invested in frontline services, there has been a 0% council tax increase each year and the 28% decrease in central government funding has been managed by delivering £100 million of savings.

Next year we are proposing to continue with our programme of investment; investing more than £17 million revenue to support key frontline services and £143.6 million into capital schemes:

Read the Financial Plan for 2013/14

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