THE EXECUTIVE committee on Malvern Hills District Council has recommended an annual £5 council tax rise (for Band D homes) to help protect frontline services.
The rise, below the rate of inflation, is the equivalent of less than 10p-per-week.
Residents in the Malvern Hills district pay £3.31 per week for district council services, which is one of the lowest council tax bills in the country and the second lowest in Worcestershire.
From the bill, less than 9 per cent goes towards district council services, including Covid-19 recovery, waste and recycling collections, planning services, business support, housing, parks, public toilets, elections, community safety and more.
The rest of the bill goes to Worcestershire County Council, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and Town and Parish Councils.
The rise was recommended for approval by the Executive Committee earlier this week with the final decision being made at the full council meeting next week.
Coun Peter Whatley, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “I’m well aware that an increase in council tax is not something residents look forward to, but it is important to understand that this money goes directly to maintaining frontline services.
“Malvern Hills District Council has one of the lowest council tax bills in the country and the second lowest in Worcestershire.
“We receive just 9p of every pound you pay in council tax.
“For anyone struggling to pay their council tax bill, we do provide support on the money advice section on our website”.
Depending on circumstances, residents struggling to pay their council tax bill can receive support from the council.