Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has agreed the proposed 2020/21 budget which will now be put forward for recommendation to Full Council on February 14.

A spokesman said: “Despite care sector cost inflation running significantly ahead of the tracked national and consumer rates, the Cabinet has achieved a balanced budget which recommends limiting the levy ring-fenced to fund adult social care costs to £2m. This is the equivalent of a 2% increase in Council Tax. The increase in funding for all the other council services – including looked after children – is restricted to a 1.9% increase in Council Tax.

“The overall Council Tax rise of 3.9% represents an increase equivalent to £1.14 a week on a band D property.”

Residents on benefits continue to be eligible for Council Tax reductions of up to 84 per cent.

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