YOU may have noticed that some of our local government stories require a subscription to access.

Here, we explain why some of these stories are subscription-only.

We try our best to cover as many local government stories as we can because it's important to keep people informed about what their elected officials are doing in the county.

Some stories are put into the public domain by other parties, like community social media pages and authorities such as the council. But many of the local government stories we write about are not, and are only made public because a reporter has been in a meeting or sifted through pages and pages of documents.

The Hereford Times is the only professional newsroom in Herefordshire, so it is important that we make these stories public for communities to be aware of.

Local government decisions and actions directly affect you and shouldn't go unnoticed.

We don't always ask for subscriptions to read stories that are not exclusive, but we do for stories that we have exclusively covered. This is one reason to subscribe: you can expect to read about cases you won't see anywhere else.

Another reason is that by doing so, you're supporting local journalists who do their very best each day to keep you informed about what's happening in Herefordshire.

We're here to make sure you are kept informed about things you have a right to know; even if some people rather you didn't.

And of course, if you wanted to read about these things in the traditional format, you'd have to pay for a physical newspaper anyway.

It costs just £1 a month for a digital Hereford Times subscription for the first three months, and is only £1.99 a month after that.

For further details on digital subscriptions and how to subscribe, please follow the link here.