New cycle paths and footways and support for economic development in South Wiltshire to continue revitalisation were among Wiltshire Council’s budget proposals agreed at a full council meeting on February 26.

Council tax will increase by 1.99% plus an additional social care levy of 2%. In the 2020/21 financial year, a band D household will pay £1,515.

Spending on key day-to-day services such as highways and waste, and ensuring the increased demand for adult and children services is met were also in the budget.

A steady growth in Wiltshire of around £10 million a year is planned, rising from about £344 million to £386 million over the next five years. The council is also expected to invest around £800 million in capital projects during the next decade.

A statement said: “To address budget pressures, council programmes around community responsibility, digital and commercial will continue.”

Central government funding papers in the pipeline such as the Fair Funding Review, Business Rates Retention and Sustainable Social Care were awaited.

Cllr Simon Jacobs, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement, said: “Despite the financial and increased demand pressures all local authorities are facing, we continue to be an ambitious and forward-thinking council.”