Reason for Council Tax Differentials

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Dear Hertfordshire County Council,

Please can you let me know what makes Herfordshire council tax higher than neighbouring the London Borough of Brent?

If no analysis for the differential has been carried out, can you explain why?

In 2018/19 Band D in Brent was £1,496.54, the equivalent in Elstree & Borehamwood was £1694.41. A difference of £198. Average household income for Elstree & Borehamwood is lower than the average for Brent.

Is this due to staff being paid more, or getting poorer value from contractors, or for other reasons?

Yours faithfully,

Brian Ellis

Information Governance, Hertfordshire County Council

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Dear Brian Ellis

 

Reference number: FOI/RAP/03/19/17124

 

Thank you for your correspondence of the 5^th March 2019 requesting the
following information:

 

“Please can you let me know what makes Herfordshire council tax higher
than neighbouring the London Borough of Brent? 

 

If no analysis for the differential has been carried out, can you explain
why?

 

In 2018/19 Band D in Brent was £1,496.54, the equivalent in Elstree &
Borehamwood was £1694.41.  A difference of £198.  Average household income
for Elstree & Borehamwood is lower than the average for Brent.

 

Is this due to staff being paid more, or getting poorer value from
contractors, or for other reasons?”

 

Your request for information is being considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. We will respond to your request as quickly as
possible, and by close of 2^nd April 2019 at the latest.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting
the reference number above.

                              

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

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Postal Point CHN 320

County Hall,

Hertford, SG13 8DQ

01992 555848 (25848) 

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Dear Brian Ellis

 

Reference number: FOI/RAP/03/19/17124

 

On 5^th March 2019 Hertfordshire County Council received the following
request for information from you:

 

“Please can you let me know what makes Herfordshire council tax higher
than neighbouring the London Borough of Brent? 

 

If no analysis for the differential has been carried out, can you explain
why?

 

In 2018/19 Band D in Brent was £1,496.54, the equivalent in Elstree &
Borehamwood was £1694.41.  A difference of £198.  Average household income
for Elstree & Borehamwood is lower than the average for Brent.

 

Is this due to staff being paid more, or getting poorer value from
contractors, or for other reasons?”

 

 

Your request for information has been considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County Council does
not hold the information you have requested. Our response is as follows.

 

On the 18^th February 2019 the Cabinet considered the Integrated Plan
which brings together the financial impact of service plans and the
available funding to resource these over the next four years. These plans
have been set in the context of the difficult challenges that the council
faces, which include the increasing demand for services from
Hertfordshire’s growing and ageing population; inflation pressures
impacting on service providers; significant savings already delivered and
further reductions expected in Central Government grant funding. The
agenda and minutes for this cabinet meeting can be found at the following
link.
[1]https://democracy.hertfordshire.gov.uk/i...

 

As you will see from the attached information (pfg-fairer-fund) from the
County Council Network, whilst Hertfordshire councils received £205 of
grant a head in 2017/18, London Boroughs received £539 per head.

 

Using data from the 2018/19 Revenue Account return published on the
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government website (see
attached). The services provided by HCC and Brent differ quite a bit, but
the comparison of funding supports the statement that Brent receives more
from government funding.

 

Attached is a copy of Hertfordshire County Council’s information leaflet
which details the council tax increase of Band D households and explains
what this money is being spent on. This can also be found at the following
link.
[2]https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/About-t...

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Information Access Team

Hertfordshire County Council

Room 216a

Postal Point CHN 320

County Hall,

Hertford, SG13 8DQ

01992 555848 (25848) 

Email: [4][Hertfordshire County Council request email]

 

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obligations, to prevent or deter crime, or for the purposes of essential
maintenance or support of the email system.

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