Our elected member on Wiltshire Council is Councillor Jonathon Seed (Conservative), who represents the Summerham and Seend division. He is also Portfolio Holder for Flooding. See his full details here, including attendance records, register of interests, and committee appointments.
FEBRUARY NEWS FROM COUNCILLOR JONATHON SEED
By the time you read this, unless something very surprising has happened, Wiltshire Council will have approved its budget for the coming year 2020-2021. This does not attract the headlines or political machinations that other budgets both national and political attract. Indeed, the budget discussed on 25th February was approved by the Cabinet of Wiltshire Council without any amendments or criticism from opposition parties. That in itself is tribute to the energy and effort that goes into producing a balanced budget for a Council that has an annual income of £344million. This is made up of £260M from Council Tax, £24M from Social Care Levy, £57M business rates retention (this figure is only 35% of the total raised in Wiltshire) and £3M from other income. When it comes to spending roughly 2/3 is spent on adult social care, public health, education and children’s social care with the remaining1/3 being spent on all other resident’s services. Schools are funded separately.
Managing the budget is clearly a big task but the underlying principle is the same as your own financial management. As Dickens’ Mr Micawber said “if you spend only what you can afford, the result is happiness”! The full story is a bit more complicated than I have described. If you want to find more, the best place to look will be the documents for Council of Wiltshire Council which can be found on the Wiltshire Council website.
Wiltshire Council is the unitary authority that is responsible for most of the services that residents use in the county. Town and Parish Councils provide other, more local services and raise a precept for these as do the Police and Fire and Rescue service. All these local tax or precept raising services may seem independent of each other and clearly their management is separate but they all have a responsibility to cooperate in the interests of the people of Wiltshire who they serve. Generally, that works well our local service providers cooperate well with each other.
If you need to contact me I am always happy to help, all the ways you can get in touch are below:
Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Via my website www.jonathonseed.com
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About Wiltshire Council
Whilst the Parish Council is the first tier of local government, the second tier (and only other in Wiltshire) is the unitary authority, Wiltshire Council. Keevil and the villages of Bulkington, Great Hinton, Poulshot, Seend, Semington, and Steeple Ashton form the electoral Division of ‘Summerham and Seend’.
October 2017: Read the Introduction to the new 10 Year Plan for Wiltshire in this Challenges and Opportunities presentation: Challenges and opportunities ahead meetings – Sept18 (lbv3)
Contact Wiltshire Council itself on 0300 456 0100 or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk
There is a full list of Wiltshire Councillors here, plus all associated information.