Your council tax helps to pay for the services provided at all levels of local government - county and town or parish councils, as well as the police and fire authorities.
Council Tax & Budget
The Town Council commences its budget preparation and discussion thereof in August of the year preceeding the setting of the budget for the relevant financial year. The budget will be formulated and agreed over the coming months and formalised at a meeting of the Full Council in December each year. The preparation of the budget will result in a precept requirement which is notified to the principal authority, Wiltshire Council immediately after the meeting.
The detail in respect of the Town Council budgets are follows:
DTC Budget 2016/17 (.pdf format) Last Year
DTC Budget 2019-20 (.pdf format) Current Year
For 2016/17 the Town Council has increased its precept more than in previous years to pay for three additional services we have not provided in the past.
Street Cleaning ; Street cleaning is the responsibility of Wiltshire Council, however last year the service was cut to such a low level the many people felt that the town was always dirty. We plan to provide a top up street cleaning service in the town centre in the future.
Grounds Maintenance; like street cleaning, maintenance of non-Town Council amenity land has been cut to a very low level by Wiltshire Council and therefore we will be providing a top up service for these areas.
Public Toilets; Wiltshire Council have decided to close all public toilets on the 1st of April. There is a significant feeling locally that this would not benefit Devizes therefore the Town Council has agreed to take on this operation.
Expenditure over £500
The Town Council has a requirement to detail any payments in excess of £500. The following however details all payments within a specific month. Click the link below to open the payment schedule.
Financial Statements (Accounts)
The Town Council produces detailed Financial Statements on an annual basis. These are approved at a meeting of the Full Council and used as a basis for the Annual Return submitted to the Council's external auditors.
The Council's external auditor PKF-Littlejohn LLP, completed the the annual audit in 7 November 2019 Click here for the External Audit Report and Certificate.
The 2018/19 accounts are currently with the auditor.
The Town Council procures Goods and Services in accordance with its Financial Regulations. Please refer to the policies section of this webiste.
Each year Devizes Town Council produces an Annual report which summarises the Council's activities and financial position for the last financial year. The following document was distributed to the residents of Devizes in August 2019.
Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy is a charge that Local Authorities in England can make on new developments to bridge the funding gap for infrastructure to support them. Community Infrastructure levy will shift the burden of funding from a few lager developments to most new developments. In addition, unlike a section 106 charge, (CIL) funding does not need to be spent on infrastructure directly related to the development from which it has been collected.
As a town with a Neighbourhood Plan, Devizes Town Council received 25% of CIL receipts from new developments in the parish.
Click here for information on CIL receipted received to date.