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Council tax

Council tax spending

Wiltshire Council works with many organisations to provide services which are part of everyday life in Wiltshire. These services are accessible to everyone who lives in Wiltshire, and council tax helps to pay for them.

Public sector organisations set its share of council tax

As the billing authority, Wiltshire Council is responsible for collecting council tax on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, and the town and parish councils. These public sector organisations are facing financial pressures and challenges, and each has the responsibility for setting its share of the council tax.

Your council tax charge in 2024 to 2025

This year we will raise council tax by 2.99% to help fund vital services. In 2024 to 2025, central government is letting local authorities with responsibility for adult social care, raise an additional 2% on their current council tax. This is to be used entirely for adult social care, in recognition of demographic changes which are leading to a growing demand for these services in Wiltshire. 'Demographic' refers to segments of society, like age, gender, disability, occupation, or cultural background.

Wiltshire Council plans to use these additional funds to ease the increased pressure on adult social care budgets. The Wiltshire Council budget for 2024 to 2025 has been set at £490 million, of which approximately 75% is funded by council tax (including the adult social care levy). In the 2024 to 2025 financial year, a band D household will pay £1,805.73 to Wiltshire Council, of which, £1,545.45 is for basic council tax, and £260.28 for the adult social care levy.

A simple overview on where council tax monies are spent

For every £100 of core funding we receive to fund services, we spend:

  • £38 on caring for vulnerable adults
  • £21 on supporting and safeguarding our children and young people
  • £9 on managing Wiltshire's waste
  • £9 on maintaining Wiltshire's highways, and subsidising local bus services
  • £8 on funding the investment in Wiltshire's schools, roads, and housing
  • £6 on running the council and holding elections
  • £4 on the council's extensive property assets
  • £3 on our online and digital services
  • £1 on Wiltshire leisure and libraries
  • £1 on improving Wiltshire's economy

Town and parish spending

Town and parish councils that precept in excess of £140,000 in 2024 to 2025 are required to provide a breakdown of their service expenditure. This applies to the following councils:

Town and parish spending

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Swindon and Wiltshire

Your Police and Crime Commissioner

The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon includes:

  • setting the strategic direction for policing in Wiltshire and Swindon through a four-year plan published by Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) (opens new window).
  • 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 the proposal
  • commissioning services to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour, and to support victims of crime. The main service they 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

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 coming financial year.

At its budget-setting meeting on 8 February 2024, the Authority approved a total net budget requirement of £73.92 million to run Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for the year 2024 to 2025:

Wiltshire Council budget and spending plans 2024 to 2025

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 2024 to 2025 is £490.298 million.

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