The majority of the money we spend on services every year comes from Council Tax and Business Rates.

Since 2010 we have saved £6 million from our budget as a result of reductions in our government funding. We have worked hard to protect the things you care about though, with less than 1% of these savings coming from frontline services.

By 2026 we need to save another £500,000. That is why this year we took the difficult decision to increase our share of the Council Tax bill by £5 for an average Band D property.

This increase will help protect the important services we all rely on and help fund our Covid-19 recovery work.

Our share of the bill continues to be the second lowest in Worcestershire and one of the lowest in the country.

You can read our pdf Your Services 2021-22 leaflet (2.57 MB) for more information or read on.

Who you pay Council Tax to

You pay Council Tax to five different organisations. Each one charges a different amount for their services. These different amounts are added together to make your total Council Tax bill. We are responsible for collecting the money and passing it on to these other organisations.

In this area you pay Council Tax to:

Worcestershire County Council

For every pound you pay in Council Tax, 70.5p is given to Worcestershire County Council. This pays for services including, but not limited to, adult social care, looked after children, road and path maintenance, libraries and waste disposal.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

In 2021/22 you will pay 11.5p in every pound to the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. This is to help fight crime and keep communities safe.

Malvern Hills District Council

We keep just 9p in every pound you give us in Council Tax. This funds services including waste and recycling collections, planning services, business support, housing, parks, public toilets, elections, community safety and much more.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

They get 5p out of every pound of Council Tax. Your money helps to support the work of this service including tackling fires, dealing with road traffic collisions and responding to major emergencies like flooding.

Town/parish council

Every area in our district has a town or parish council. 4p in every pound goes to them. The services they run vary but they can include parks/playgrounds, allotments, cemeteries, bus shelters, Christmas lights and they also comment on planning applications.

How your Council Tax is spent

Our Five Year Plan explains the things we will invest our resources in to make our district even better. Your Council Tax is an important part of that.

Read our statement on our new Five Year Plan commitments and our Five Year Plan in full.

During 2020-21 we have mainly been focused on supporting businesses, individuals and communities through the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the ways we have supported you during this pandemic include:

  • Paid out more than £20 million to businesses in support payments
  • Helped rough sleepers off the streets
  • Providing free parking during the summer and winter to support traders
  • Appointed a town centre recovery officer to work with businesses as they reopen
  • More than £15,000 spent on community Covid-19 support projects
  • More than 54,000 given to foodbanks to help those in need
  • Made £53,000 available to be distributed by charities, voluntary and community groups to support families in need.
  • Kept essential services, including waste and recycling collections, going
  • Worked with our voluntary and community sector to support the vulnerable
  • More than 300 people given extra help to pay their Council Tax

More detailed information on how other organisations that charge Council Tax spend your money is available below:

Help to pay your Council Tax bill

Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for help with paying your Council Tax bill. Visit our Council Tax Support page for more information.

You may also qualify for certain discounts and exemptions on your Council Tax bill.

Get your Council Tax bill by email or pay online

You can now get your Council Tax bill straight to your inbox as well as make payments online and by signing up for a self-service account.

Check your Council Tax band

You can check your Council Tax band or rate by putting your postcode into our My Local Area database.

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 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 approval of the House of Commons.