A column by North Wilts MP James Gray

James Gray MP has welcomed the Government’s confirmation that Wiltshire will see its budget increased by seven per cent this year.

Local authorities across the country will receive a share of £49.2 billion local government funding this year – a 4.4 per cent real terms increase and the largest year-on-year real terms increase in a decade.

Funding for key public services in will be protected, with significant extra resources dedicated to areas where they are needed most.

The investment being made by the Conservatives, means Wiltshire will have an extra £25.2 million to spend this year.

Mr Gray said: “Local authorities play a vital role in our communities, providing the crucial local services that people rely on every day.

"I work closely with Wiltshire Council and greatly appreciate the help and support they provide to my constituents on a daily basis.

“I am therefore extremely pleased to see that the council was awarded an extra £25.2 million to spend this year funding this year; this is a truly significant increase and can make a great difference to our community.

"I am hopeful that this investment will help our local leaders make positive change in the area and meet the challenges North Wiltshire faces.”