The settlement confirms that this is the most extensive change to local government funding methodology in recent years and makes a year on year comparison more difficult than usual.
The provisional settlement confirms that Herefordshire will face another year of funding cuts from the government as part of the national deficit reduction programme, with more than £5m being cut from our 2012/13 allocation of £79m.
Councillor Tony Johnson, cabinet member for financial management, said: “Herefordshire has an excellent track record for meeting the challenges set by central government and has made savings of over £21m in the last two years. We have also been able to freeze council tax since 2010/11, using central government grants.”
“Next year, however is going to be even more challenging with the government reducing the money we receive to deliver services in Herefordshire by more than £5m. The specific pressures we face in Herefordshire are not fully recognised by the government, as we have to deliver services in a very rural area and have an increasing number of residents who require our help. We will be looking at the detail closely to see how we can meet this additional challenge.”