Residents from all over Wiltshire have been giving their views and hearing about the challenges ahead at a series of meetings looking at Wiltshire Council’s financial picture for the next four years. People attending meetings in Trowbridge, Chippenham, Salisbury, Devizes and Marlborough listened to council cabinet members discussing the context for financial decisions before presenting their own views and suggestions. The council currently spends around £900m each year on more than 350 services. Changing demographics and the continuing reduction in funding from central government, mean further savings of £45m will have to be made over the next four years.
Dick Tonge, cabinet member for finance said: “These meetings always attract discussions on a wide range of topics, and are an important part of our decision making as we consider the financial picture for not just the next year but longer term. “They provide an opportunity to share with people that despite decreasing government funding, we continue to hold to our main priorities of supporting the most vulnerable, building even stronger communities and taking action to boost the local economy while safeguarding and creating jobs.”