Cabinet recommendations will be put to Full Council for approval

Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has recommended changes to the draft 2018/19 budget today (12 January 2018), which includes proposals for 2018/19 Council Tax rates. These recommendations will be considered for approval by Full Council on 26 January 2018.

Taking into account the local government financial settlement, Cabinet has recommended a core Council Tax of 2.9%. This includes an additional 1% rise to the core Council Tax without referendum, as enabled by the settlement, which will increase Herefordshire Council’s 2018/19 budget by £0.9m. In order to keep Council Tax as low as possible, the adult social care precept will remain at 2%. Therefore a total Council Tax increase of 4.9% will be recommended to Full Council (a 1% rise on last year).

Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Tony Johnson, said:

“Every year, three quarters of the Council Tax income received is spent looking after adults and children in social care. Herefordshire is home to 25% more people over retirement age than the national average, and this continues to put pressure on our county’s health and social care services. By 2030 1 in 3 residents will be over 65.

“By 2020, central government funding will cease completely, so we will need to look at ways to afford to pay for the services the council delivers. Council Tax, keeping younger residents and attracting businesses are all part of the solution. The new university helps us do this, as do other development opportunities in the county, such as the newly opened City Link Road and improving income by investing the receipts from the sale of assets.”  

All recommended Council Tax rates and proposed changes to the 2018/19 budget will be considered by Full Council for approval on Friday 26 January 2018.

Published: Friday, 12th January 2018