Wiltshire Council was created in 2009 as a unitary authority by bringing together the previous district and county councils.
We’re one of the county’s largest employers: a workforce of about 5,000, not including our schools workforce, serving a population of 474,300.
In 2011, we pioneered a new leadership model, replacing a single chief executive with a leadership team of three corporate directors.
We’ve put decision making in the heart of the community, through 18 local area boards.
Our teams work creatively in partnership with the NHS, police, fire and rescue, and community groups.
According to national crime statistics, Wiltshire is the second safest place to live in the country.
In our latest staff survey, responses reflected strong embedding of the behaviours framework, with 95% of staff stating they understand the behaviours that are expected of them.
In 2014, the council doubled its highways maintenance budget, adding an extra £53 million over the next five years for road improvements on 2,728 miles of roads.
In the latest staff survey, 74% of staff said there was a community focused culture which is a very positive message and reflects the Council’s vision to create stronger and more resilient communities.
Around half of the 225,000 tonnes of household waste collected each year in Wiltshire is recycled.
We have 21 leisure centres and 31 libraries.
The ‘Wiltshire careers education programme’ is an innovative pilot scheme we’ve launched in partnership with local employers.
We spend £900 million each year, providing 354 services to the people of Wiltshire.
Between 2012 and 2014 there was a rise of 5% in the number of “fully engaged staff” and a reduction in those whose responses show them to be fully disengaged.
We’re investing nearly £80 million in our innovative and award winning community campus programme to bring improved facilities and services to local communities.