Council tax and budget 2017/18

A new council tax was set yesterday for Hertfordshire residents in a budget designed to help the elderly and vulnerable.

At the Full Council meeting, Hertfordshire County Councillors agreed proposals to raise the social care precept by an extra 1% (to 3%). This money will be ring-fenced for social care in the county.

Councillors also agreed to increase the council’s core element of the council tax by 1.99% (and therefore 4.99% in total) to help to continue to provide vital frontline services.

The council tax rise is necessary owing to increased financial pressures, particularly in adult social care services for older people and people with learning disabilities, which have led to a funding gap of just under £46m.

The government recently changed the rules to allow local authorities to raise extra money to pay for these escalating costs. This dedicated fund, known as the Social Care Precept, can now be set at 3% of council tax, a 1% increase from last year.

For more details on the budget decision see the full press release. More detailed statistics will be available from Friday 3 March at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/counciltax