Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire Council backs tax rise

Hereford Shire Hall Image copyright Google
Image caption Adult social care and children's services will see combined cuts of £6.6m in the next financial year

Herefordshire Council has agreed a 1.9% rise in its share of council tax.

The increase, the maximum allowed without triggering a referendum, means residents in an average band D property will pay almost £24 more a year.

Conservative leader Tony Johnson said budget pressures meant the council had few options.

The budget, rubber-stamped on Friday, also outlines £10m savings, including cuts to services for children and vulnerable adults.

Together the two departments account for about half of the council's total spend.

Adult social care will see cuts of £5.5m in the next financial year, while children's services faces £1.1m savings.

The council said as well as reductions in its income, it was facing rising costs due to more people requiring specialist care.

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