The provisional local government settlement for Herefordshire was announced by central government on Wednesday 18 December 2013.
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 £6million being cut in 2014/15 and a further £9million in 2015/16.
The position for Herefordshire is broadly in line with budget assumptions in the medium term financial plan. However, additional funding for rural authorities of £9.5million has been included in the settlement, which has given Herefordshire an extra £598k in both 2014/15 and 2015/16.
Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “I am pleased that the government has listened to our calls to reflect the underfunding of rural authorities in the settlement and I thank local MP Bill Wiggin for his continued efforts on our behalf on this issue. However, the settlement still means significant reductions in funding for the council in addition to those already made since 2010.”