Herefordshire residents pay more in council tax than those in Westminster

Herefordshire residents pay more in council tax than those in Westminster

Council tax is higher in Hereford’s Newton Farm than London.

Business rates bring down the cost of council tax in Mayfair, London, according to Herefordshire Council.Photo: CherryX per Wikimedia Commons

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ONE of these photographs shows one of the most affluent parts of England, while the other shows an area which was ranked among the most deprived suburbs of the UK.

But many of those living in Newton Farm, Hereford, pay more in council tax than those living in Westminster.

This comes despite the fact that the the average salary in Herefordshire, in 2013, was £21,580 while those living in the capital’s West End were on an average of £38,355.

And the Hereford Times can reveal that those living in band D properties in the city of Westminster – which incorporates the areas of Mayfair and Oxford Street – pay £676 a year in council tax.

In Herefordshire, though, the cost is slightly different in each parish and many band D households pay more than £1,500 a year.

Herefordshire Council says there are a number of reasons for this disparity.

“The main reason is the high population density in London, which generates more council tax receipts and incurs lower costs due to the central locality of service provision,” said Peter Robinson, chief financial officer at Herefordshire Council.

“Additionally, urban authorities receive a higher proportion of base central government funding – approximately £100 per head, which equates to an additional £23.4m in funding for Westminster –therefore they require a lower level of council tax to fund their spend requirements.”

He added that London authorities receive “far greater”

business rate income, due to higher levels of commerce than in Herefordshire.

“The council net benefit share of business rate income totals £328m in Westminster, compared to only £28.1m in Herefordshire.

“This funding can also subsidise the council tax setting level requirement.

“Another factor to consider would be transportation costs in London which are funded by Transport for London as opposed to non-London authorities which pick up the costs for road repairs, bridges and public transport costs through council tax.”

This substantial shortfall in funding has been challenged by both of the county’s MPs, who are calling for a better deal for rural Herefordshire.

Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, said: “There are various reasons for this, including the fact that Herefordshire Council is a relatively new local authority and does not have high levels of reserves built up over years,” he said.

“But the main reason is that as a county we have historically received relatively low levels of central government funding.

According to government figures, the average band D council tax set by local authorities in England for 2014/15 will be £1,468.

Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, said he has been campaigning for a better deal for sparsely populated areas – with some success.

“Herefordshire now has increased education funding, an extra £43 million from the Local Enterprise Partnership and more money for our hospital and our roads.

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8:47am Sat 30 Aug 14

General Cafuffle says...

Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm?
Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm? General Cafuffle
  • Score: 1

9:50am Sat 30 Aug 14

megilleland says...

General Cafuffle wrote:
Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm?
Yes, £120 a month over 10 months. I drew attention to this through Hereford Voice in February. No wonder people are beginning to struggle to pay this money and this figure is used to calculate your water rates if you are not on a meter.
[quote][p][bold]General Cafuffle[/bold] wrote: Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm?[/p][/quote]Yes, £120 a month over 10 months. I drew attention to this through Hereford Voice in February. No wonder people are beginning to struggle to pay this money and this figure is used to calculate your water rates if you are not on a meter. megilleland
  • Score: 21

10:16am Sat 30 Aug 14

Hereford Voice says...

Nothing surprises me with this council
Nothing surprises me with this council Hereford Voice
  • Score: 4

11:40am Sat 30 Aug 14

allhandstothedeck says...

General Cafuffle wrote:
Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm?
Yes General Catuffle why would you think otherwise ?
Have you seen the traffic on Belmont road every morning and late afternoon ?
These cars/ buses/ bikes are full of people going to work , getting paid the minimum wage and struggling to pay their council tax.
You wouldn't be so narrow minded as to think that if someone lives in the Newton Farm area they are lazy scroungers would you........ eh ?
[quote][p][bold]General Cafuffle[/bold] wrote: Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm?[/p][/quote]Yes General Catuffle why would you think otherwise ? Have you seen the traffic on Belmont road every morning and late afternoon ? These cars/ buses/ bikes are full of people going to work , getting paid the minimum wage and struggling to pay their council tax. You wouldn't be so narrow minded as to think that if someone lives in the Newton Farm area they are lazy scroungers would you........ eh ? allhandstothedeck
  • Score: 26

1:06pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Aquarius says...

Yes, fair points from megilleland and allhandstothedeck ....

Grow up General Cafuffle
Yes, fair points from megilleland and allhandstothedeck .... Grow up General Cafuffle Aquarius
  • Score: 10

4:42pm Sat 30 Aug 14

rosslover says...

I don't see what all the fuss is about,it's a lovely quiet area to live
I don't see what all the fuss is about,it's a lovely quiet area to live rosslover
  • Score: -4

5:48pm Sat 30 Aug 14

rosslover says...

rosslover wrote:
I don't see what all the fuss is about,it's a lovely quiet area to live
and further more very close to every thing you need like Mcdonalds and Tescos without the congestion and air pollution of London.... why is this headlines in this great city known as Hereford??
[quote][p][bold]rosslover[/bold] wrote: I don't see what all the fuss is about,it's a lovely quiet area to live[/p][/quote]and further more very close to every thing you need like Mcdonalds and Tescos without the congestion and air pollution of London.... why is this headlines in this great city known as Hereford?? rosslover
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Sat 30 Aug 14

probono says...

Hereford VOice - what is this to so with the Council ?
Hereford VOice - what is this to so with the Council ? probono
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Sat 30 Aug 14

yokelyokel says...

It is not a valid comparison. Band D will be above average for a property in Hereford (and well above average in Newton Farm) - whereas you would be hard pressed to find many properties of band D and below in Westminster. Add this to the rural/urban allocations and for once the Council is not to blame for what the HT is reporting. The last government developed this problem but Jesse, Bill and their mates have done nothing to remedy it.
It is not a valid comparison. Band D will be above average for a property in Hereford (and well above average in Newton Farm) - whereas you would be hard pressed to find many properties of band D and below in Westminster. Add this to the rural/urban allocations and for once the Council is not to blame for what the HT is reporting. The last government developed this problem but Jesse, Bill and their mates have done nothing to remedy it. yokelyokel
  • Score: 4

6:25pm Sat 30 Aug 14

rosslover says...

I THINK THE TAX SHOULD GO UP.
I THINK THE TAX SHOULD GO UP. rosslover
  • Score: -7

6:30pm Sat 30 Aug 14

rosslover says...

rosslover wrote:
I THINK THE TAX SHOULD GO UP.
LOOK AT HE LOVELY BLUE TRIM ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING IN MAIN PICTURE I LOVE IT.
[quote][p][bold]rosslover[/bold] wrote: I THINK THE TAX SHOULD GO UP.[/p][/quote]LOOK AT HE LOVELY BLUE TRIM ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING IN MAIN PICTURE I LOVE IT. rosslover
  • Score: -5

7:38pm Sat 30 Aug 14

rosslover says...

HT ,WHY HAVE YOU GOT A PICTURE OF PICADILLY IN COMPARISON TO HEREFORD IN PICTURE UP TOP??

I THOUGHT YOU WERE COMPARING WESTMINSTER TO HEREFORD!!

YOU ARE NOT DOING YOUR JOB PROPERLY , THOSE PLACES AREN'T EVEN IN SAME POST CODE!

WHY CANT YOU EVEN DO A SIMPLE HEADLINE WITH EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF ACCURACY??????
HT ,WHY HAVE YOU GOT A PICTURE OF PICADILLY IN COMPARISON TO HEREFORD IN PICTURE UP TOP?? I THOUGHT YOU WERE COMPARING WESTMINSTER TO HEREFORD!! YOU ARE NOT DOING YOUR JOB PROPERLY , THOSE PLACES AREN'T EVEN IN SAME POST CODE! WHY CANT YOU EVEN DO A SIMPLE HEADLINE WITH EVEN THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF ACCURACY?????? rosslover
  • Score: -5

8:58pm Sat 30 Aug 14

LR3661 says...

yokelyokel wrote:
It is not a valid comparison. Band D will be above average for a property in Hereford (and well above average in Newton Farm) - whereas you would be hard pressed to find many properties of band D and below in Westminster. Add this to the rural/urban allocations and for once the Council is not to blame for what the HT is reporting. The last government developed this problem but Jesse, Bill and their mates have done nothing to remedy it.
No it's not a valid comparison. Our council tax band are charged at a far higher rate than Westminster. I pay more council tax than the Queen does for the Royal Apartments. I live in a 3 bed bungalow, nothing posh, in a Herefordshire Market town.

My council tax for the year is £1,553.96. The Royal Apartments in Buckingham Palace are charged £1,353.48 a year. No one is rated above Band H in Westminster, including the palace and the multi million pound mansions. Band H in Herefordshire is £3,038, not sure if this includes the extra 'precepts' if you live outside Hereford city.

http://www.voa.gov.u
k/cti/InitS.asp?lcn=
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https://www.westmins
ter.gov.uk/council-t
ax-bands-and-rates
[quote][p][bold]yokelyokel[/bold] wrote: It is not a valid comparison. Band D will be above average for a property in Hereford (and well above average in Newton Farm) - whereas you would be hard pressed to find many properties of band D and below in Westminster. Add this to the rural/urban allocations and for once the Council is not to blame for what the HT is reporting. The last government developed this problem but Jesse, Bill and their mates have done nothing to remedy it.[/p][/quote]No it's not a valid comparison. Our council tax band are charged at a far higher rate than Westminster. I pay more council tax than the Queen does for the Royal Apartments. I live in a 3 bed bungalow, nothing posh, in a Herefordshire Market town. My council tax for the year is £1,553.96. The Royal Apartments in Buckingham Palace are charged £1,353.48 a year. No one is rated above Band H in Westminster, including the palace and the multi million pound mansions. Band H in Herefordshire is £3,038, not sure if this includes the extra 'precepts' if you live outside Hereford city. http://www.voa.gov.u k/cti/InitS.asp?lcn= 0 https://www.westmins ter.gov.uk/council-t ax-bands-and-rates LR3661
  • Score: 4

9:07pm Sat 30 Aug 14

LR3661 says...

Sorry, links not working due to restraints of this website. Unable to paste a link. I got the information from

'https://www.gov.uk/
council-tax-bands'

'https://www.westmin
ster.gov.uk/council-
tax-bands-and-rates'
Sorry, links not working due to restraints of this website. Unable to paste a link. I got the information from 'https://www.gov.uk/ council-tax-bands' 'https://www.westmin ster.gov.uk/council- tax-bands-and-rates' LR3661
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Rod Williams says...

So do residents in neighbouring Powys, I pay £129 a month over 10 months, we have nothing in my village and bus services are crap. No railways.
In London they get higher wages and have so called London weighting allowance.
So do residents in neighbouring Powys, I pay £129 a month over 10 months, we have nothing in my village and bus services are crap. No railways. In London they get higher wages and have so called London weighting allowance. Rod Williams
  • Score: 5

6:19pm Sun 31 Aug 14

rosslover says...

megilleland wrote:
General Cafuffle wrote:
Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm?
Yes, £120 a month over 10 months. I drew attention to this through Hereford Voice in February. No wonder people are beginning to struggle to pay this money and this figure is used to calculate your water rates if you are not on a meter.
that's sickening it's alot of money if you haven't got it.

It's no wonder that people turn to drugs and crime just to get by and live

some sort of life

however is in control they don't know the word struggle and the gap seems


to be forever widening
[quote][p][bold]megilleland[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]General Cafuffle[/bold] wrote: Does anyone actually pay council tax in Newton Farm?[/p][/quote]Yes, £120 a month over 10 months. I drew attention to this through Hereford Voice in February. No wonder people are beginning to struggle to pay this money and this figure is used to calculate your water rates if you are not on a meter.[/p][/quote]that's sickening it's alot of money if you haven't got it. It's no wonder that people turn to drugs and crime just to get by and live some sort of life however is in control they don't know the word struggle and the gap seems to be forever widening rosslover
  • Score: -1

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