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Published at 8:07pm 13th March 2019. (Updated at 7:55am 14th March 2019)

As council bills arrive on Wiltshire door mats we take a look at what's behind the increase.

It's that time of the year again, Wiltshire Council sends out letters showing the breakdown of our council tax for the next financial year.

The bulk of the bill for services provided by Wiltshire Council is going up almost 3%, the maximum increase the local authority is allowed.

It means an average Band D property will pay £42 more for the financial year starting on 1st April.

Here's what you will be paying for the Wiltshire Council element of your bill:

  • Band A £971.25
  • Band B £1,133.12
  • Band C £1,295.00
  • Band D £1,456.87
  • Band E £1,780.62
  • Band F £2,104.37
  • Band G £2,428.12
  • Band H £2,913.74

POLICING ELEMENT:

We also have to pay our share for Wiltshire Police and that element has gone up 13%, which works out at an extra £2 a month.

The money generated is around £6.3m.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson says the money will be used to "help to protect community policing and prevent further cuts.'

It'll pay for 41 extra front-line police officers along with two new members of the force to tackle cyber crime.

Mr Macpherson says it's important to remember Wiltshire gets the 4th lowest amount of Government funding per head of population in England and Wales.

police car
Police precept will pay for more officers

Has the police rise got anything to do with the Novichok incidents?

No, the government has reimbursed Wiltshire Police more than £10m for the operational costs involved in both the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents.

FIRE AND RESCUE:

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue have also increased their part of the bill.

It's gone up almost 3% which equates to around 4p a week or £2.17 a year.

Like Wiltshire Police the rise is due to a loss of central government funding.

Firefighter helmet 2 - Fire Fighter (Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue)
The amount we pay for our fire service has gone up 3%

PARISH/ TOWN COUNCIL:

This element will depend where you live.

Salisbury residents won't see any increase after the City Council voted not to increase its precept for this financial year.

Band D properties, roughly a third of homes in the city, will continue to pay £208 a year.

Guildhall Salisbury
No change for what residents pay Salisbury City Council

PAYING YOUR COUNCIL TAX:

Wiltshire Council has launched a new digital service aimed at making it easier for us to pay our tax bill.

The online service will give residents a chance to see their account history, change direct debit details, claim discounts and print bills, 24/7.

It's hoped it will save the local authority £5m by 2020.

You can find out more here.

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