Wiltshire Council budget agreed by cabinet

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Wiltshire Council's element of the council tax bill is to remain the same for 2013-14.

The Conservative-run council is promising no cuts in services despite having to make almost £28m of savings.

The budget was voted through at a meeting of all councillors in Trowbridge earlier.

Council leader Jane Scott said the authority had taken an number of "tough decisions" and adopted new ways of working to protect frontline services.

"We have invested £85m in frontline services, kept the council tax at 0% increase each year, managed the 28% decrease in central government funding and we have delivered £100m of savings to pay for this," Ms Scott said.

"The savings we have made have been achieved by reducing the number of managers, including the post of chief executive and staff employed in areas such as human resources, finance and communications.

"We also changed how we purchase goods and contract services to deliver improvements that save money," she added.

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