What has Wiltshire Council Ever Done for us?

What has Wiltshire Council Ever Done for us?
Wiltshire has a thriving and growing economy. Only 0.6% of the working age population is claiming Job Seekers Allowance, which is about half the national figure. Not bad, I’d say!  

Schools are doing well. Over 90% of our children are being educated in schools that are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, which puts Wiltshire very nearly at the top of the national list. The proportion of students getting GCSE Grade A*-C including English & Maths is well above the national average.

Another positive point is that, on average, men and women in Wiltshire live in good health for longer than those in other parts of England.

But when more of us reach old age we may need more help. Wiltshire Council's Adult Care Services have supported 26,483 individuals between April 2015 and March 2016. This includes residents who received both long term and short term support. Help to live at home is designed to help people who are frail, sick or disabled live at home for as long as it is safe and it helps people to continue to look after themselves in their own home.

To help the environment, waste diverted from landfill continues to exceed the target of 75%. Landfill = Bad. Recycling = Good. Please keep it up!

Less happily, the number of incidents of fly-tipping increased by 22% over the year. Actions to reduce the number of incidents include increased camera surveillance and increased joint working operations with the Police to intercept waste which is being transported illegally. In addition, the Council will make full use of the new fixed penalty notice (introduced in May 2016) as an added deterrent to would-be fly tippers.

Support for local communities last year came in the form of grants from Area Boards, which totalled £1.7 million, supporting 1,038 local projects. For every £1 of grants an additional £4.53 was leveraged from other sources so the total investment in Wiltshire communities totalled over £5.7 million.  

To know more about the County statistics go to http://services.wiltshire.gov.uk/CitzDash/CitizenDashboard/MainReports

  The next Devizes Area Board meets in West Lavington Village Hall on 11Th July at 6.30pm. All are welcome, so come!  

You may contact me about this or any other matter by email to richard.gamble@wiltshire.gov.uk or by phone on 07762 018209.

 

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