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What does my Council Tax pay for?

You pay Council Tax to five different organisations. Each one charges a different amount for their services. These different amounts are added together to make your total Council Tax bill. Wyre Forest District Council is responsible for collecting the money and passing it on to these other organisations.

The District Council keeps just 11p in every pound you pay in Council Tax. This funds services including waste and recycling collections, planning services, business support, housing, parks and nature reserves, regeneration, elections and much more.


Worcestershire County Council

The majority of your total Council Tax bill goes to Worcestershire County Council. This pays
for services including, but not limited to, adult social care, looked after children, road and
path maintenance, libraries and waste disposal.

Read more information from Worcestershire County Council


The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia

Your Council Tax helps to fight crime and keep communities safe. Read more on the financial information pages of the West Merica PCC website


Wyre Forest District Council

This year we have increased our share of the bill by £5 for a band D home.

Read more on how we spend our share.


Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority

Your money helps to support the work of this service including tackling fires, dealing with road traffic collisions and responding to major emergencies like flooding.

Read more about how Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority spend their share.


Town and Parish Councils

All areas (apart from Ribbesford) have a town or parish council. The services they run vary but they can include parks/playgrounds, allotments, cemeteries, bus shelters, Christmas lights and they also comment on planning applications.

The exact amount will depend on which town or parish you live in. Read more about town and parish councils.

Detailed financial information breakdown

The pandemic has had a big impact on the District Council and there are other key funding issues which it is having to address. Overall baseline government funding has significantly fallen since 2010. This has had a significant effect upon the council’s ability to provide the depth and range of services it has in the past. 

The District Council has made significant savings but still needs to remove about 15% of its net expenditure to balance the budget. 

This year the District Council’s part of the bill is increasing by £5 for a Band D property (2.23%). It means these households will pay £229.34 for the whole year for our services in 2022-23.

Most homes (73%) are band A-C so will pay less than this.

Pie chart showing distribution of council tax as per percentages on page

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