Wiltshire residents invited to budget setting meetings

Wiltshire Council is holding a series of meetings to outline setting the budget for 2016/17.

The meetings in Devizes, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury will be an opportunity for the council to outline its budget proposals for next year and how it plans to meet the challenges it faces.

The council currently spends £900m annually on more than 350 services but funding from central government continues to reduce. This combined with the increased demand for some council services, particularly for vulnerable children and adults, means that savings of £28 million need to be made in 2016/17.

The council remains committed to investing in services aligned to its three priority areas to protect those who are most vulnerable, to boost the local economy by creating new jobs and safeguarding existing ones, and to support and empower communities to do more for themselves.

Cabinet member for finance, Dick Tonge, said: “These meetings are an opportunity to share with residents how we plan to continue to deliver our main priorities against a backdrop of rising demand.”

All the meetings will have a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Those wishing to attend can confirm their attendance by emailing events@wiltshire.gov.uk

Meetings will be held on the following dates: 1 February Devizes Corn Exchange from 5.30pm 3 February Chippenham Town Hall from 5.30pm 4 February Trowbridge County Hall from 5.30pm 10 February Salisbury Guildhall from 5.30pm

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