Why is my Wiltshire Council tax bill going up?

Why is my Wiltshire Council tax bill going up?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:07pm 12th March 2020.

4 minute read

As those letters start to arrive through people's doors, here's the breakdown of why the charges are rising.

The bills arriving now are for the 2020/21 financial year, so we'll start paying the new installments in April.

The vast majority of the Council Tax will go to Wiltshire Council - and they've put a 3.99% increase in place.

That's the highest increase that an authority can impose, without having to hold a local referendum.

The money goes towards more than 350 services provided by them, including bin collections, looking after highways, children's services, subsidising some public transport amongst others.

Household Recycling Centre - Churchfields Salisbury - rubbish tip dump - waste (Mike Draper)   (4)
Wiltshire Council tax goes towards the running of facilities like Household Waste Recycling Centres

In their latest budget, Wiltshire Council's also said they're looking to put more funding into their climate change plans, more cycle routes and footpaths and more help to 'revitalise' South Wiltshire following a difficult couple of years.

Here's the overall total we'll have to pay, depending on what property band you live in: 

  • Band A: £1,289.87
  • Band B: £1,504.84
  • Band C: £1,719.83
  • Band D: £1,934.80
  • Band E: £2,634.76
  • Band F: £2,794.71
  • Band G: £3,224.67
  • Band H: £3,869.60

WHAT'S THE ADULT SOCIAL CARE LEVY? 

You might notice on the bill that there's a section on there for the Adult Social Care Levy.

Almost half of the Wiltshire Council increase (2%) will be ringfenced for that.

It will go towards all sorts of support services, but mainly for older, vulnerable and disabled adults in the community.

Elderly Care Hands
A huge chunk of the council tax increase will go towards adult social care across Wiltshire

HOW MUCH GOES TO POLICING?

A portion of the council tax goes towards policing services, with that total set by Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

For the next financial year, the increase has been set at 4.85%.

The increase was decided following a countywide survey, asking local people if they'd be prepared to pay more towards policing in Wiltshire.

More than 70% of those who took part were in favour.

WHAT ABOUT THE FIRE SERVICE? 

Our bills also include a 1.99% increase on the precept for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

That money goes towards 24/7 emergency cover from firefighters, as well as their community safety and education work.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Generic 3 (DWFRS)
The increase in council tax will mean the service has a £57 million budget for the financial year

HOW MUCH GOES TO PARISH COUNCILS? 

That's totally dependent on where you live, as each city, town or parish council will set their own budget.

For example, in the Salisbury City Council area, there's no change in the precept compared to last year.

That money then goes towards local services like managing parks, running cemeteries and the crematorium and the city's markets.

Guildhall Salisbury
Part of our council tax goes towards parish councils across Wiltshire, including Salisbury City Council

CAN I PAY MY COUNCIL TAX ONLINE?

There's a number of ways we can pay our bills each month - including by direct debit, by post, and by BACS transfer.

We can also manage our council tax payments online via the Wiltshire Council website.

They've also put a together a video guide for residents: 

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