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What should Wiltshire Council be spending its budget on?

What should Wiltshire Council be spending its budget on?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:42am 7th January 2020.

2 minute read

There's a chance for us to tell the authority what we think at a meeting in Salisbury tonight.

Wiltshire Council needs to save around £15 million during the next financial year.

That follows £67 million worth of efficiency savings since 2017.

Bourne Hill Wiltshire Council Wiltshire Police
Salisbury's Bourne Hill is one of Wiltshire Council's main office hubs

WHERE SHOULD THE MONEY GO?

Tonight (Tuesday 7th January), we can have our say on how the budget coming into Wiltshire Council from taxpayers should be spent.

Anyone's welcome to go along to the meeting at Salisbury City Hall between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

Councillor Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: 

"We want our residents to be passionate and engaged in our work and the services we provide and I hope we have a good cross-section of people attending.

"These meetings will help people get the all-important context to our decision-making process and some of the plans we have.

"I don't just want to talk at people, I welcome attendees to have an honest conversation with us and challenge where they see fit."  

City Hall in Salisbury with new branding - April 2018
We can help put forward ideas for the Wiltshire Council budget at a meeting in Salisbury this evening

There's a few challenges facing Wiltshire Council when it comes to budgeting.

They include the demand for social care going up quicker than the current budget allows.

The authority's also pledged by be carbon neutral by 2030, which is likely to incur some costs, to bring in the necessary processes.

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