During 2020/21 we will spend more than £8.9 million providing services to you, the majority of which will come from Council Tax and Business Rates rather than the Government.
This is because our government funding has been reduced and by 2024/25 will have fallen by more than £5million compared to 2010/11. We need to save £800,000 over the next five years, including £265,000 by the end of March 2021.
The overall bill is made up of up to five separate parts. As well as us, you also pay Council Tax to:
- Worcestershire County Council
- West Mercia Police
- Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority
- Town or parish council
Each organisation works out how much they need to raise from Council Tax to run their services, we’re then responsible for sending out bills to households and collecting the money.
- Just nine pence in every pound you pay in Council Tax is kept by us, to run everything from rubbish collections to supporting the local economy.
- Read an explanation of what your Council Tax bill covers - Your Council Tax 2020/21 leaflet
- Council Tax Charges
Additional charge for Adult Social Care
The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. Adult social care authorities are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.
The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept' on its Council Tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons. Renewal of the offer relating to 2020-21 is expected imminently.