What your Council Tax pays for

Herefordshire Council is funded by a combination of grants from Government, local Council Tax, local business rates and charges for some council services. Every year, we spend around £328 million providing services to residents and businesses in Herefordshire. Your Council Tax contributes to just under a quarter of this budget- around £89 million.  The remaining £239 million is funded by business rates, Government grants and council income. Among the services provided by the council, your Council Tax contributes to:

Pie chart showing income sources for council


  • Adult social care
  • Children and young people's services
  • Waste collection and disposal
  • Cultural and community services
  • Highways and transportation
  • Planning
  • Housing and independent living
  • Economic and community regeneration

Your Council Tax bill is made up of several different elements as Herefordshire Council also collects on behalf of other organisations. These organisations are known as 'precepting authorities' and include:

  • West Mercia Police Authority
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire Authority
  • Parish councils

We have a statutory duty to collect charges levied by these precepting authorities but we have no control over the level of increase or how these organisations choose to spend their budget.