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Hertfordshire County Council

County council's element of Council Tax

On 22 February 2022, Hertfordshire's county councillors agreed our budget for 2022/23.

This year, we've raised our element of your Council Tax bill by 3.99% (2% for the adult social care precept and 1.99% for general Council Tax).

This increase is essential to meet the challenges we're facing.

Image showing Council Tax increases - yearly bill for 2022/23 is £1,529.31 (just over £1 extra a week for the average household).

This image shows the county council element of Council Tax for band D households:

  • Yearly bill for 2021/22 was £1,470.63.
  • Council Tax increase: £29.27
  • Adult social care precept increase: £29.41
  • Yearly bill for 2022/23: £1,529.31.

Our Council Tax increase works out to be just over £1 extra a week for the average household, which will be invested into vital services.

Key areas for the budget

A cleaner and greener environment including:

  • £2m for an Enhanced Highways Maintenance Programme
  • increased funding to deliver the Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy and action plan
  • significant capital investment in net zero carbon and decarbonisation strategies
  • £35m of new investment in waste infrastructure and the continuation of our 7 day opening of our larger recycling centres.


Healthy and fulfilling lives for our residents including:

  • £18m of investment in care providers, allowing for an increase in the wages of the lowest paid care staff across the Hertfordshire to a minimum of £10.30 per hour
  • £22m to support increased numbers of older people and adults with disabilities
  • investment in domestic abuse support, working with partners to expand the service
  • £10m to ensure there is sufficient funding to support the increase in numbers and complexity of Children Looked After
  • £2m investment in Special Educational Needs and Disability services to manage growth in demand
  • £15m of investment in a new accommodation strategy for adults with disabilities.


Sustainable, responsible growth for our county including:

  • ensuring we have resources to support delivery of houses and jobs across the county, including for those strategic sites being brought forward
  • funding to help move forward Brookfield Riverside and Garden Village developments.


Excellent council services for all including:

  • investment in technology, such as updating key systems and enhancing cyber security and investing in the website as more people transact online.

Where we spend your money

Each household in Hertfordshire will receive a Council Tax bill from their district or borough council.

The money raised through Council Tax is shared between the following authorities, which provide a range of services.

Hertfordshire County Council

  • Caring and supporting children, young people and families
  • caring for the elderly and vulnerable and people with disabilities and mental health problems
  • public health and supporting people with drug or alcohol problems
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • road maintenance and safety
  • coordinating bus services and providing home to school transport for children
  • recycling and waste disposal
  • responding to major planning applications – for example, housing and mineral extraction
  • economic development
  • providing libraries, archives and local studies material
  • protecting consumers against poor quality goods and services and upholding fair trading laws
  • community safety (crime / anti-social behaviour reduction initiatives) and emergency planning.

More about Hertfordshire County Council services

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

  • Policing and crime prevention.

District and Borough council services

  • Housing and homelessness
  • refuse collection and street cleansing services
  • environmental health
  • leisure services
  • planning and building control
  • car parks and controlled parking zones.


More about district and borough services

Town and Parish councils

  • Allotments
  • village halls
  • cemeteries and closed churchyards.


More about town and parish council services

 

Council Tax leaflet 2022-23 (PDF, 410KB)

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